In the empire of Italian furniture manufacturing, Cassina stands as a name that carries with its decades of tradition, innovation, and timeless design. To dive into the history of Cassina is to embark on a journey through the annals of modern furniture, architects and designers. Cassina, a brand always on the radar for Jean-Marc and Jean-Noël, is cherished due to their innovative style, timeless craftsmanship of Italian elegance. With our latest container arriving from Europe, we’re thrilled to have two more exceptional vintage pieces added to our collection. A stellar pair of armchairs by Gianfranco Frattini and a sleek dining table by Carlo Scarpa. Established in 1927, this illustrious brand has earned its place as a trailblazer in the world of design. The notable Cassina history begins with the dynamic Cassina brothers, Cesare and Umberto Cassina.
Cassina’s History: Pioneering Italian Design
The legacy of Cassina is richly intertwined with the history of Italian design itself. In 1927, in the heart of Meda, Italy, near Milan, the Cassina brothers officially established Amedeo Cassina, not long after, in 1935, they officially changed their name to Figli Di Amedeo Cassina. Initially they crafted cabinets for coffee tables and oversaw all product design in-house. However, by 1948, Cassina embraced a new direction that would revolutionize their place in the world of furniture. They began collaborating with external architects and designers, keen to explore fresh and innovative concepts in furniture design. This shift was driven by a vision shared by the brothers; To unite the time-honored legacy of Italian craftsmanship with the ingenuity of contemporary design.
The Cassina brother’s pioneering spirit led them to proudly introduce the brilliance of “Made in Italy” to the American market, a decision that continues to resonate today. Cassina stands as a symbol of the pinnacle of Italian furniture production, partnering with a multitude of distinguished designers and architects, resulting in stellar contemporary furniture collections. Cassina, where history and modernity fuse, remains an inspiration of timeless elegance in the world of design.
A Tale of Timeless Innovation
Cassina has consistently led the way in embracing new design philosophies and forging collaborations with groundbreaking architects and designers. Their impressive portfolio includes iconic works by visionaries such as Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret, Charlotte Perriand, Ico Parisi, Carlo Scarpa, Marco Zanuso, and Gio Ponti, among many more radical designers.
Although there are many iconic designs that have come from the legendary brand, a few designs have continued to rule the design world. One of the most celebrated partnerships is the LC Collection, featuring the legendary LC2 and LC4 chairs, now hailed as design classics. Additionally, the painstakingly perfected 699 Superleggera chair continues to grace their collection after all these years. Even contemporary pieces like P22 continues to beautifully encapsulate the principles of modernist design, from functionality and minimalism to an enduring sense of elegance.
An Italian Institution
Cassina’s mastery of design and craftsmanship preserves Italy’s tradition of exceptional furniture production. Their collections seamlessly blend history and innovation, creating a tapestry of pieces that are both contemporary and timeless. The brand’s commitment to quality and the harmony between form and function is evident in designs like the LC4 by Le Corbuiser, Pierre Jeanneret, and Charlotte Perriand, and the Maralunga by Vico Magistretti. This attraction to visionary designers and artisans who push the boundaries of creativity remains at the heart of Cassina’s legacy. Today, the town of Meda proudly stands as the center for Italian furniture production, a testament to the enduring influence of Cassina.
Hunting for Vintage Treasures at Jean-Marc Fray Antiques
For avid design collectors and connoisseurs, the quest for vintage Cassina pieces is much like uncovering hidden treasures, and at Jean-Marc Fray Antiques, we specialize in sourcing high-end designer European furniture for your discerning tastes. Vintage Cassina pieces exemplifies the brand’s rich history and the ever-evolving landscape of design through the decades. Whether it’s the clean, elegant lines of the Orseleo Table, or the timeless comfort of a CAB-B11 Armchairs, each vintage Cassina piece is a tangible slice of comfort, elegance, and Italian design history.
In the world of vintage design, the name Cassina still echoes with the promise of exceptional quality, enduring style, and the unique fusion of history and modernity. With a vintage Cassina piece, you bring a piece of Italian design heritage into your home. With Cassina’s furniture still being made in Meda, and their iconic pieces still praised in the design world, we don’t see their regin slowing down anytime soon.
At Jean-Marc Fray Antiques, we offer you the opportunity to enrich your living space and build a superb collection with high-end designer European furniture. Our curated selection allows you to bring art, culture, and the elegance of a bygone era into your home. Vintage Cassina items are more than just furniture; they are gateways to a time when design was pioneering exciting new frontiers. Explore our collection and start your journey toward creating an exquisite home filled with stellar designer furniture.