Armchair by Cassina designed by Italian designer Gio Ponti for the Parco dei Principi in Rome


Italian furniture manufacturer

Cassina S.p.A. (established in 1927) is an Italian furniture manufacturer that has specialized in designer-led and high-quality furniture. Originally known as “Figli Amedeo Cassina” or “Amedeo Cassina,” the company was founded by brothers Cesare and Umberto Cassina in 1927 in Meda, Lombardy. Their original home furnishing line included chairs, tables, sofas, armchairs, and beds. Today, Cassina has added outdoor furniture, cabinetry, and rugs to its product line, and it is part of the Poltrona Frau Group since 2005, which is owned by Haworth, Inc. since 2014.

After World War II, Cassina grew significantly as the demand for its home furnishings increased and as the company became very active in furnishing and accessorizing the rooms for the growing cruise ship, hotel, and restaurant sectors. In the early 1950s, as the demand for its products continued to increase, Cassina shifted its production method from handcraftsmanship to serial industrial production. In 1954, Cassina was awarded the Compasso D’Oro, the first industrial design award, for excellence in the production of its innovative modern designs.

Metal stamp of Fifli di Amadeo Cassina Meda
Metal label of the Superleggera Chair by furniture maker Figli di Amadeo Cassina

During the late 1950s and 1960s, Cassina collaborated with many designers and architects and created the exclusive Cassina I Maestri (Cassina Masters) Collection. One of the first contributors to the Cassina Masters Collection was the celebrated Italian architect Gio Ponti, who, in 1957, designed the iconic Superleggera chair for Cassina. The most transformative step for Cassina was when in 1965 it acquired the furnishing designs of the French designers Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret, and Charlotte Perriand. Three years later, the company expanded with the addition of Bauhaus-Archiv, which gave the company the production rights to some of the Bauhaus objects. And in 1972, Cassina acquired the rights to manufacture furnishing designs of Gerrit Rietveld, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

Pair of Eleanora Peduzzi Riva chairs with metal frame and upholstered seat and back at Casati Gallery
Pair of Eleanora Peduzzi-Riva chairs (1950s) made by Fligli di Amadeo Cassina

In addition to Gio Ponti, some of the Modernist Italian designers who worked directly with Cassina are Afra and Tobia ScarpaAndrea BranziCarlo de CarliGianfranco Frattini, Angelo Mangiarotti, Gio Ponti, and Ico Parisi.

On February 5, 2014, American furniture maker Haworth Inc. announced the majority purchase of Poltrona Frau Group, which included the Cassina, Capellini, and Alias brands, for $270 Million.

Last updated: Mar 22, 2020

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