Cassina’s Successful Furnishings
Founded in 1927 in the heart of Brianza, Cassina makes traditional artisanship its strong point and brings the brand to consolidate its presence on the international market.
A member of the Gruppo Poltrona Frau, the company began its real upward progress in the 1950s when it started to make interiors for large cruise ships, outfitting dining rooms, reading rooms and elegant bedrooms. During this first period, it also started working with the architect Gio Ponti as he developed his first chair: the Leggera. Later, they also produced the Superleggera and thousands of pieces were produced in a short time.
Cassina’s success continues thanks to collaborations with Andrea Branzi, Mario Bellini, Rodolfo Dordoni and Philippe Starck. Its production has expanded to include collections of design furnishings for interiors. Manual craftsmanship and technological research have allowed the company to develop products that are more than simple pieces of furniture. These products are passion-filled design projects with tangible authenticity deriving from the quality of the raw materials and painstaking attention to detail.
Sofas and Armchairs interpret brand identity best. Artisanship and innovation mesh to produce unique refined projects, which then become the focal point of every living room. Scrupulous research to find the best materials is completed with a final process with double stitching to obtain a well-finished comfortable upholstered piece that is soft and cosy.
Chairs and Tables adapt to every context, both at home and in the office, with their modern structures in aluminium or wood. Each product, in addition to being aesthetically pleasing, must perform its function in the best possible way. This is why materials, dimensions and ergonomics are carefully studied to benefit from maximum comfort.
Elegant and comfortable Cassina Beds present pure shapes and balanced volumes that can enhance relaxation and convey a sense of lightness.
The structures are either fixed or flexible, upholstered in leather, saddle leather or fabric, and the beds are then dressed up through refined processes and exquisite colours. These high customisable solutions transform the bed into an island of style and functionality, enhancing the bedroom with an authentic artisan value that does not lose its meaning over time.
For Outdoor, Cassina made products from dense, high performance materials that can guarantee durability and comfort. Armchairs, Chaise-Longue and Tables have elegant essential lines and can withstand all weather conditions, thanks to specific treatments that help maintain them in excellent condition.
Innovation and Icons
The company impressed the need to find balance between tradition and modern times into their special collections. They revisit the icons of modern times and base their actions on original drawings, to which Cassina has exclusive access. With the collaboration of Filippo Alison, the company has undertaken this meticulous project in which historical projects are redeveloped with different interpretations.
LC Collection is the revisitation of works by Le Corbusier, pieces that in the 1930s turned the concept of domestic space upside-down, making it versatile and modern. Each solution is a perfect balance of geometry and functionality where orderly and essential shapes are carefully studied to accommodate the human body.
I Maestri is a collection of the most symbolic works of the modern era, and, in acquiring production rights, Cassina began redeveloping them in the 1960s. These pieces were designed by people of the calibre of Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret, Frank Lloyd Wright, Franco Albini and recently, also by Marco Zanuso. Along with developing design projects, they also study the history of past design projects, which is then incorporated into the faithful re-editions, which then become carriers of innovation.
The figures of the second half of the last century find their place in I Contemporanei, where comfortable and essential lines embody perfect equilibrium between tradition and modernity. Internationally acclaimed designers are involved in this forward-looking project, and Cassina has been able to capture and interpret the changes in lifestyle and the market with its profound sensitivity. The authenticity and forward-looking propensity are contained in the logo MedaMade, a signature of the unique, recognisable production quality that is the Cassina Design.
In 2013, Simon joined the Cassina brands, bringing with it the brands Marcel Breuer, Kazhuide Takahama and Carlo Scarpa.