Wednesday, November 25, 2009


Founded in 1927 by brothers Cesare and Umberto Cassina, Italian manufacturer, Cassina Spa continues to produce a high end designer furniture collection of chairs, armchairs, sofas, beds, case goods/bookshelves and tables. Through the mid sixties the company particularly enjoyed a large number of commissions for various cruise ships, top end hotels and restaurants. At that same time Cassina acquired the rights to products designed by Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret and Charlotte Perriand, considered to be some of the most important names of 20th century design … and the Cassina “Maestri” Collection was born. In decades following the Maestri Collection expanded to include rights to designers Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Frank Lloyd Wright, Gerrit Rietveld, Erik Gunner Asplund and Franco Albini. The company’s other collection known as “ Contemporanie” includes designs by modern masters Mario Bellini, Vico Magistretti, Gio Ponti, Toshiyuki Kita, Gaetano Pesce, Theodore Waddell, Hannes Wettstein, Philippe Starck, Jean-Marie Massaud, and Piero Lissoni. The company today is part of the Poltrona Frau Group along with subsidiaries Cappellini, Alias and Poltrona Frau.

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LC4 chaise by Le Corbusier, Maralunga sofa by Vico Magistretti, LC10-P cocktail table by Le Corbusier, Charlotte Perriand & Pierre Jeanneret (top)
La Basilica table with Cab armchair by Mario Bellini (2nd)
Auckland lounge chair, Aspen sofa by Jean Marie Massaud (3rd)
LL House chairs by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, 714 table by Theodore Waddell, 367 Hola chair by Hannes Wettstein (4th)
Flat sideboard by Piero Lissoni (bottom)
Due to the Thanksgiving Holiday there will be no posts on Thursday 11/26 & Friday 11/27. Posting will resume on Monday 11/30.

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