Cassina is a huge deal. The Italian company is pretty much one of the most prolific icons in the industry, having collaborated with some of the greatest minds in the architecture and industrial design spaces. And if you’re unfamiliar with the name, know that Cassina has most recently been added to Italy’s Special Register of Historical Trademarks of National Interest — established by the country’s Ministry of Economic Development, aimed to enhance the value of manufacturing companies of excellence historically rooted in Italy.
In other words, Cassina’s high-end designer furniture are not only beautiful, they’re designed and crafted to last.
What sets Cassina apart from perhaps other furniture manufacturers is in its adaptability and forward-thinking approach to design. Having established in 1927, the company saw an opportunity to move from hand-craftsmanship to serial production in the 1950s, and have since found a balance of combining traditional craftsmanship with new technology. Research and innovation are core pillars of Cassina, with a more concerted effort towards sustainability in design in recent years.
Most importantly — as with any facet of interior design — Cassina’s creations strike that fine balance between form and function. We list down eight luxurious series to discover with pieces that would make for brilliant additions to any contemporary home.
The Sengu series
The Sengu series — comprising of a sofa, tables, and coffee tables — is named after the Japanese celebration of construction and reconstruction of shrines. Launched and designed by Patricia Urquiola in 2020, the new 2022 edition sees a natural oak finish for the sofa’s base (translated in the tables and coffee tables too) and a selection of modules that offer a range of combinations.
Not only is the Biom-bo bed designed to simulate a sort of intimate separation from the rest of the room thanks to the optional mobile side headboard wings, it’s packed with technology meant to help promote rest. An air sanitisation mechanism has been integrated into the fabric-covered bed frame — zero-emission air purification that helps to capture and disintegrate pollutants for constant clean air. And a recycled, hygienic and non-toxic material makes up the padded headboard to help absorb unnecessary sound.
LC7 Siège tournant, fauteuil
First designed in 1927 by Charlotte Perriand (initially for her own apartment in Paris), the LC7 Siège tournant, fauteuil is now part of a collection that’s co-created with Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret. The swivel chair is available in four- or five-leg configurations and upholstered in either leather or fabric. Its defining features — the beautiful curved back and seat — are padded with polyester filling for comfortable support.
For something that allows for more freedom of expression, look to Philippe Starck’s Volage bed. The aluminium-framed design can be upholstered in fabric or leather and is fitted with a capitonné headboard (in various sizes, alterations and fittings) that stands on thin feet in polished die-cast aluminium. A bedside table and a bench that are both designed to mimic elements of the bed complete the collection for a truly modern set.
Dudet small armchair
A completely padded armchair, the 1970s-inspired Dudet is marked by the distinct curves as well as its more sustainable design features. Its padding is made of polyurethane foam, of which a percentage of it is derived from organic sources. And if one decides to discard it (why would you, really) it’s been engineered so that the entire piece can be easily disassembled for optimal disposal and recycling.
Initially designed for the bedroom, the Rondos has now been reimagined for the living room. The characteristic soft and rounded ends remain, with wooden push-to-open drawers adding seamless uniformity with the rest of the design. Available in two sizes, the Rondos can also be either fitted with a top crafted in the same wood as the structure or in a selection of marbles for a stunning contrast of materials.
Undeniably plush, the Soriana by Afra and Tobia Scarpa would be a unique addition to any space. A thin metal structure holds the entire design together, and just like the Dudet, the Soriana’s internal padding is biodegradable. Additionally, it’s constructed with no internal support, which could only mean that it’s thoroughly comfortable and would make for the perfect lounge chair.
The Le Corbusier Outdoor series
The entire Collection Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret, Charlotte Perriand series is full of design icons each reproduced and reinterpreted by Cassina with utmost respect to the authenticity of the originals. The outdoor edition of the series features a selection of the icons, including the aforementioned LC7 reworked in a stainless steel frame. Other key pieces are the LC1 Fauteuil à dossier basculant armchair and the LC10-P Table en tube. The former was the result of a studied approach to the body’s posture and is specially treated with textured paint for the outdoors, while the latter is derived from a writing desk before bring revisited by Perriant in 1984 and relaunched by Cassina a year later.
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