In 1927, Cesare and Umberto Cassina established the eponymous design brand in Meda, Italy, paving the way for an innovative transition from artisan production to mass produced goods. With undying devotion to memory, experimentation, research, ingenious methods and a passionate attention to detail, Cassina continues to blend traditional craftsmanship with modern production techniques, and over 90 years later, remains a signature brand known for its unique and harmonious solutions for the modern and contemporary interior, creating spaces that juxtapose the best in today’s furnishings with pieces that have left a remarkable imprint on design history.
With works from masters of modern design like Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret, Charlotte Perriand, Charles Mackintosh and Gerrit Reitveld, Cassina solidified its desire to build a collection based on the hallmarks of early modernity and a loyalty to high excellence. Further pieces from the likes of Franco Albini, Vico Magistretti, Achille Castiglioni and Marco Zanuso sprinkled with partnerships with contemporary design icons like Piero Lissoni, Philippe Starck, Patricia Urquiola and more, Cassina earned its recognition as a company that contributed greatly to the overall high esteem accorded Italian design when awarded the Compasso d’Oro twice in its history, once at the first edition of the award in 1954 and a second time in 1991 for its innovative role in disseminating good design to an international audience.
Known for its outstanding, expert craftsmanship, attentiveness, and authenticity, Cassina boasts unparalleled, skilled carpentry, with the absence of screws and nails, meticulous hand-made details, for refined and long-lasting designs, and cutting-edge technological skill utilizing the most avant-garde machinery at its workshops and research center. As a result, many Cassina pieces have become design icons of the 20th century and beyond, including Gio Ponti’s Superleggera chair from 1957, Ciprea Armchair from Afra and Tobia Scarpa in 1968, Gaetano Pesce’s I Feltri Armchair, Toshiyuki Kita’s timely Wink Armchair from the 1980s, Piero Lissoni’s Met Sofa from the 1990s and his 8 Sofa from 2014, and many more. Even a Luminaire favorite, Mario Bellini’s Cab Armchair from 1977, with a tight leather skin fit over a skeleton of tubular steel, is a celebrated Cassina classic, now in the permanent collection at MoMA New York.
Boasting novel interiors with welcoming, personable atmospheres ensures that Cassina products will continue to emotionally connect with the public, while portending today what will become a classic tomorrow.
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