Cassina SpA, the parent company was founded in 1927 in the northern Italian region of Brianza. Operations were initially focused on woodworking and gradually expanded towards modern furnishing. During the mid-50’s Cassina engaged the talents of architects such as Gio Ponti, Afra and Tobia Scarpa, Mario Bellini and Vico Magistretti for design collaboration.
In order to broaden the appeal of the Cassina Collection, Franco Cassina initiated a visionary collaboration between Le Corbusier and Cassina. Building upon the success of the Le Corbusier license, the company launched the I Maestri Collection (Masters Collection), which today includes major icons of design history: Le Corbusier, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Gerrit Rietveld, E. Gunnar Asplund, Charlotte Perriand, and Franco Albini.
In the mid-twentieth century, a crop of Italian designers that included greats like Gio Ponti and Franco Albini helped to define European modernism's clean-lined forms. Today, their contemporary counterparts—people like Mario Bellini and Piero Lissoni—continue the tradition of high design from exceptional materials. The best way to appreciate the quality of this stuff is to see it in person.
The Cassina showroom manufactures and sells work by all the designers mentioned above, as well as other non-Italian furniture makers. They're the only licensed manufacturer of Le Corbusier's furniture, and they also carry lines by Charlotte Perriand, Gerrit Rietveld, Philippe Starck, among others.
High-end quality usually comes with a high-end price tag, and Cassina is no exception. Gio Ponti's Superlegga Chair, for instance, sells for around $1,500. This is definitely "investment" furniture that you save up for.
Cassina has two showrooms in New York: one in Midtown and one in Soho. They also have locations in Los Angeles and Dallas, and their furniture is sold to a broader market through an authorized dealer network that includes independent stores like Manifesto in Chicago, Context in Atlanta, and Arkitektura in San Francisco.
Furniture is made in Italy and shipped internationally, and they have a quick ship department of "greatest hits" that are kept in stock for 10-day delivery. For more information, visit their US website.
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