Cassina

Cassina
Cassina, a furniture company founded in 1927 by Umberto and Cesare Cassina, began with the Cassina workshop which was created in 1795. As early as the early 1940s, the Cassinas remained faithful to their artisan heritage, focussing on the most minute of details and entrusting the design of their products to designers and architects including Franco Albini.    The company’s calling became clear right after WWII when it was awarded a contract to supply furnishings for transatlantic ocean liners (Conte Grande, Africa, Giulio Cesare, and Andrea Doria) and fostered relations with designers including Gio Ponti, who created Armchair 593 as well as the famous Superleggera chair (1957).  Respect, Protect, Create and Promote Design. In the 1960s, various artists and designers worked with Cassina, including Vico Magistretti; Tobia Scarpa; Gianfranco Frattini; Joe Colombo (who designed the Additional System sofa (1967)); and Mario Bellini, who designed upholstered modular units and the famous Cab leather chair (1977)), which is still being produced to this day. During the same period of time, the company launched the "I Maestri" collection, which recreated landmark pieces designed by leaders of the Modernist Movement. It also expanded its collaboration with avant-garde designers including Gaetano Pesce, Andrea Branzi and Paolo Deganello. The company’s distinguishing feature is it is involving the most influential Italian and international designers in expanding its catalogue, with designers including Piero Lissoni, Philippe Starck, Konstantin Grcic and Toshiyuki Kita.  Patricia Urquiola is the brand’s art director and redesigned its historic Via Durini showroom in Milan.  A champion of Italian quality, Cassina also has a distinct marketing approach and involved famous fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld in shooting new photographs for the I Maestri collection.

Cassina

Cassina

Cassina, a furniture company founded in 1927 by Umberto and Cesare Cassina, began with the Cassina workshop which was created in 1795. As early as the early 1940s, the Cassinas remained faithful to their artisan heritage, focussing on the most minute of details and entrusting the design of their products to designers and architects including Franco Albini.
  


The company’s calling became clear right after WWII when it was awarded a contract to supply furnishings for transatlantic ocean liners (Conte Grande, Africa, Giulio Cesare, and Andrea Doria) and fostered relations with designers including
Gio Ponti, who created Armchair 593 as well as the famous Superleggera chair (1957)


Respect, Protect, Create and Promote Design.


In the 1960s, various artists and designers worked with Cassina, including Vico Magistretti; Tobia Scarpa; Gianfranco Frattini; Joe Colombo (who designed the
Additional System sofa (1967)); and Mario Bellini, who designed upholstered modular units and the famous Cab leather chair (1977)), which is still being produced to this day. During the same period of time, the company launched the "I Maestri" collection, which recreated landmark pieces designed by leaders of the Modernist Movement. It also expanded its collaboration with avant-garde designers including Gaetano Pesce, Andrea Branzi and Paolo Deganello.


The company’s distinguishing feature is it is involving the most influential Italian and international designers in expanding its catalogue, with designers including Piero Lissoni,
Philippe Starck, Konstantin Grcic and Toshiyuki Kita. 
Patricia Urquiola is the brand’s art director and redesigned its historic Via Durini showroom in Milan. 


A champion of Italian quality, Cassina also has a distinct marketing approach and involved famous fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld in shooting new photographs for the I Maestri collection.