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Cassina UK

Founded in 1927 as “Cassina Amadeo – Fabbrica Tavolini,” now simply “Cassina,” the company is synonymous with the essence of Italian Design – combining eighty years of manufacturing experience and working with the world’s greatest design talent, the company produces the most desirable and iconic furniture currently available.Read More

Hailing from Brianza, and in particular Meda – a region and town famous historically for the vocation of furniture production, the company is built on a long family tradition of woodworking, traceable with the Cassina family name to the eighteenth century – as evidenced by the fine woodworking in Como cathedrals pulpit, created by Cassina craftsmen in the 1760’s!

The founding partners were brothers Cesare and Umberto Cassina. Umberto, the elder brother, responsible for administration and management, whilst Cesare having trained in Milan as an expert upholsterer is seen as the main creative spirit of the company.

The company developed from its original artisan workshop productions to a fully industrialised manufacturing process going through various key periods and collaborations along the way.

The Cassina-Gio Ponti collaboration was enormously significant, as can be seen with the evolution of the Leggera and Superleggara chairs, which quintessentially combine elements of a great artisan tradition with a contemporary design, all in a chair that is both functional, desirable and aesthetically pleasing – it was this synthesis of elements, which resulted in the success at translating the design and production into a product with a broad appeal.

In the 1950’s, work included design solutions & furniture for the great ocean liners interiors, this also involving much collaboration with Gio Ponti who became the companies first artistic advisor.

In the mid-sixties the Cassina I Maestri collection concept was born, combining both a classic and contemporary collection, featuring amongst others such great designers as Bellini, Deganello, Magistretti, Scarpa, Kita, Pesce and more recently Stark and Wettstein.

At the end of the nineteen fifties the collaboration with Vico Magistretti began, producing a framework of products which are still relevant today – these include the Maralunga sofa, the Nuvola Rossa collection and the Sindbad sofa with its renowned horse blanket covering.

No less significantly through the 1960’s, and through a close working partnership with Dino Gavina who was exploring and reproducing the great Marcel Breuer collections, Cesare Cassina not only founded Flos, but also began his own exploration of modernism resulting in the purchasing of the design and production rights to the Corbusier Collection in 1964, (pic of the owl man here) the Rietveld collection in 1971 (pic of Red & blue) The Charles Rennie Mackintosh collection and later the rights to Asplund, Frank Lloyd Wright, Charlotte Perriand and in 2004 the first Italian master Franco Albini.

After the deaths (within days of each other) of Cesare Cassina & Gio Ponti the company gradually expanded its horizons into an international and global brand – In 1971 70% of production was consumed by the domestic market, by 1990 70% was exported internationally – the increasingly global focus was reflected in new designs by such great designers as Gaetano Pesce, Achille Castiglioni, Sottass Associates, Jorgi Pensi and many others.

Currently, and since the 1990’s the work of Phillipe Starck has writ large through the contemporary collections which has been countered by the companies longstanding collaboration with Pierro Lissoni – bringing a great contrast with his austere and rigorous approach. Alongside these two heavyweight designers feature the work of many contemporaries such as Jehs + Laub, Rodolfo Dordoni and Jean-Marie Massaud.

Finally, and through its acquisition by the Poltrona Frau group, Cassina heads up a group of companies which include Alias, Cappellini, Gufram, Gebruder Thonet and recently Nemo to give it the international reach that a company of its heritage and with such a wealth of design talent deserves.

It is ultimately Cassina’s challenge and goal to translate its heritage and history, combined with current technology and design, to produce contemporary and historic pieces which develop historical memory into elements which can form part of a current and living environment.

Cassina is now a global brand and is a very successful one at that. Cassina UK wide and worldwide continue to product outstanding products to a high standard.

Cassina UK

Founded in 1927 as “Cassina Amadeo – Fabbrica Tavolini,” now simply “Cassina,” the company is synonymous with the essence of Italian Design – combining eighty years of manufacturing experience and working with the world’s greatest design talent, the company produces the most desirable and iconic furniture currently available.Read More

Hailing from Brianza, and in particular Meda – a region and town famous historically for the vocation of furniture production, the company is built on a long family tradition of woodworking, traceable with the Cassina family name to the eighteenth century – as evidenced by the fine woodworking in Como cathedrals pulpit, created by Cassina craftsmen in the 1760’s!

The founding partners were brothers Cesare and Umberto Cassina. Umberto, the elder brother, responsible for administration and management, whilst Cesare having trained in Milan as an expert upholsterer is seen as the main creative spirit of the company.

The company developed from its original artisan workshop productions to a fully industrialised manufacturing process going through various key periods and collaborations along the way.

The Cassina-Gio Ponti collaboration was enormously significant, as can be seen with the evolution of the Leggera and Superleggara chairs, which quintessentially combine elements of a great artisan tradition with a contemporary design, all in a chair that is both functional, desirable and aesthetically pleasing – it was this synthesis of elements, which resulted in the success at translating the design and production into a product with a broad appeal.

In the 1950’s, work included design solutions & furniture for the great ocean liners interiors, this also involving much collaboration with Gio Ponti who became the companies first artistic advisor.

In the mid-sixties the Cassina I Maestri collection concept was born, combining both a classic and contemporary collection, featuring amongst others such great designers as Bellini, Deganello, Magistretti, Scarpa, Kita, Pesce and more recently Stark and Wettstein.

At the end of the nineteen fifties the collaboration with Vico Magistretti began, producing a framework of products which are still relevant today – these include the Maralunga sofa, the Nuvola Rossa collection and the Sindbad sofa with its renowned horse blanket covering.

No less significantly through the 1960’s, and through a close working partnership with Dino Gavina who was exploring and reproducing the great Marcel Breuer collections, Cesare Cassina not only founded Flos, but also began his own exploration of modernism resulting in the purchasing of the design and production rights to the Corbusier Collection in 1964, (pic of the owl man here) the Rietveld collection in 1971 (pic of Red & blue) The Charles Rennie Mackintosh collection and later the rights to Asplund, Frank Lloyd Wright, Charlotte Perriand and in 2004 the first Italian master Franco Albini.

After the deaths (within days of each other) of Cesare Cassina & Gio Ponti the company gradually expanded its horizons into an international and global brand – In 1971 70% of production was consumed by the domestic market, by 1990 70% was exported internationally – the increasingly global focus was reflected in new designs by such great designers as Gaetano Pesce, Achille Castiglioni, Sottass Associates, Jorgi Pensi and many others.

Currently, and since the 1990’s the work of Phillipe Starck has writ large through the contemporary collections which has been countered by the companies longstanding collaboration with Pierro Lissoni – bringing a great contrast with his austere and rigorous approach. Alongside these two heavyweight designers feature the work of many contemporaries such as Jehs + Laub, Rodolfo Dordoni and Jean-Marie Massaud.

Finally, and through its acquisition by the Poltrona Frau group, Cassina heads up a group of companies which include Alias, Cappellini, Gufram, Gebruder Thonet and recently Nemo to give it the international reach that a company of its heritage and with such a wealth of design talent deserves.

It is ultimately Cassina’s challenge and goal to translate its heritage and history, combined with current technology and design, to produce contemporary and historic pieces which develop historical memory into elements which can form part of a current and living environment.

Cassina is now a global brand and is a very successful one at that. Cassina UK wide and worldwide continue to product outstanding products to a high standard.

 
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