An undisputed reputation
Cassina is one of the world’s most renowned manufacturers of classic designer furniture. Their expertise in working with wood, leather, and precious metals has earned Cassina an undisputed reputation.
Cassina’s primary goal is to produce the highest quality furniture. They achieve this through the fusion of innovative industrial technology and true craftsmanship, and through continuous in-house product development and research. Cassina furniture like this collection welcomes influences from different cultures and experiment materials and styles.
Many of Cassina’s chair and other pieces were considered futuristic when they were introduced. Time has indeed shown that they are true design classics.
From craftsmanship to industrial production
Located near Milan, the city of Meda is witness to the history of Cassina since its beginnings in the 18th century. Starting as a simple family workshop, Cassina initially produced traditional wooden furniture.
Brothers Cesare and Umberto Cassina took over this business in 1927. After the war, they turned to the mass production of modern Cassina furniture. They wanted to establish themselves in the international market. This positioning made Cassina a pioneering company in Italian industrial design for sofa, chair and couch pieces.
Cassina did not abandon the traditional skills that guarantee the excellence of its production. Although the Meda factory is structured on an industrial scale, it is made up of handcrafted workstations. In the same way, ancestral materials such as wood coexist with modern components, for example, the polyurethane foam used for the upholstery of certain seats. “Mid-century modern” is the best way to describe the brand’s products that range from armchairs to tables.
A catalog of products that links the past and the future of Italian Lounge Modern & Classic Products
From an early stage, Cassina distinguished itself from other sofa, couch and chair furniture manufacturers by involving designers and architects in the creative process. Today, the brand has one of the richest catalogs in the history of sofa, chair and couch design.
The I Maestri collection pays tribute to the origins of design and to the great designers of the 20th century such as:
- Charles Rennie Mackintosh
- Frank Lloyd Wright
- Franco Albini
It also features the creations of three great names in design, closely linked by their many collaborations:
- Le Corbusier
- Pierre Jeanneret
- Charlotte Perriand
These pieces of furniture are grouped together under the name “LC Collection”. It includes the famous LC4 chaise-longue and the LC Casiers Standard.
The I Contemporanei collection offers surprising and innovative pieces. They’re representing the future of contemporary furniture. It includes, among others, furniture signed by:
- Vico Magistretti
- Philippe Starck
- Patricia Urquiola
- Gaetano Pesce
- Gio Ponti
- Mario Bellini
- Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec
One of the most recognizable pieces in the collection is the LC1. It’s still as fresh today as it was when it launched in 1929. The reclining backrest offers comfort and continuous support with different working positions, which makes it a very comfortable chair. The arms, made of two solid leather straps, can swivel around the metal uprights. The frame is made of polished chrome steel or matte black enamel steel, and the seat and backrest are made of:
- Horsehide or cowhide
- Russian red leather with matching armrests
- Black leather with matching armrests
LC2 Chair Seats
Le Corbusier created this piece in 1928 for the Salon d’Automne. It has since become one of the most durable and even imitated pieces of furniture. The Le Corbusier LC2 is available as an ottoman, or two or three-seater sofa. The frame is available in:
- Polished or glossy chrome
- Grey, light blue, green, burgundy, and ochre basalt
- Matte black enamel steel
Lounge chair LC4
First presented in 1928, the Cassina LC4 is a relaxing seat, to quote Le Corbusier himself. The lounge chairs have been designed in such a way that the seat can slide along the base to provide an infinite number of seats. The shape reflects the natural curve of the human body. It gives the illusion of a floating chair.
The frame is finished in either polished chrome or matte black enamel, with a matte black enameled steel base. The seat mat is available in horsehide or cowhide with a black leather headrest or special beige canvas.
Charlotte Perriand's iconic sofa and accent chairs furniture
Charlotte Perriand became Le Corbusier’s partner. From 1927 onwards, they designed a series of tubular metal and leather seats in collaboration with Pierre Jeanneret. These seats became icons of international design. In the same year, the Cassina brothers began manufacturing small furniture for the local market.
The meeting between the designer and the company took place after 1964, when Le Corbusier had chosen Cassina to distribute the famous chairs around the world. This was a huge success.
Charlotte Perriand collaborated with Cassina until her death in 1999. Her furniture from the 1930s to the 1960s is still reissued in series. She loved to make use of aluminum in her products. Her spirit continues at Cassina thanks to the collaboration of her daughter, Pernette Perriand-Barsac.
Incomparable sofa and other furniture quality
The high level of manufacturing characteristic for the 21st century owes much to the origins of the company with a clear Italian mid-century touch. The carpentry is the traditional heart of Cassina and it’s been unchanged by the years. It’s still the center of the production wheel as the modern vintage Cassina came to life.
Organized in small teams, the craftsmen work the wood so skillfully that glue is hardly necessary for the construction of the furniture because of the precision of the joints. The remarkable quality of the material is also essential.
The different woods are selected at the source and then distributed in the factory according to their use. They are then processed with real mastery, thereby making the most of their strengths and characteristics.
Cassina considers the high level of materials as a profitable investment in the quality of the finished part. The in-house testing facility ensures compliance with UNI regulations and excellence in manufacturing quality of modern furniture.
Innovation at the heart of the brand's strategy
The boss of the Cassina brand Gianluca Armento boasts the innovative side of the company. Cassina has always focused on identifying the market potential for compatible design and lifestyle. The team is constantly doing research and testing.
Experimentation with new materials and new structural technologies has freed Cassina from the normal constraints of furniture. It's always taking into account the function of each piece. In the 1960s, Cassina developed the capabilities of plastics and injected materials. Their application in the design and manufacture of furniture has proven to be phenomenal.
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