Founded by Cesare and Umberto Cassina in Meda, Italy in 1927, Cassina has been shaping the future of the world of interior design for over 90 years. In the 1950s, the company started industrial design in Italy with a brand-new approach by shifting from manual craftsmanship to mass production.
Having received four Compasso d’Oro awards so far, Cassina has gained expertise in carpentry and manufacture of upholstered armchairs and sofas. All products are branded with the logo “MedaMade,” which guarantees the quality and authenticity of locally manufactured designs.
Since its foundation, Cassina has always pioneered research and innovation by blending technology with traditional craftsmanship. Today, Cassina continues to represent new lifestyles and creates spaces that bring together the best of contemporary design.
Arnold Andre Pierre Jeanneret-Gris was born in Geneva. He grew up in the typical Jura landscape that influenced his early childhood and his Geneva Calvinism roots. He attended the School of Fine Arts (Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Geneva).As a young student, he was a brilliant painter, artist and architect, greatly influenced by Charles Edouard Jeanneret (Le Corbusier), his cousin and mentor for life. He was a cyclist in the Swiss Army from 1916 to 1918.
In 1922, the Jeanneret cousins set up an architectural practice together. They designed many buildings, including a number of villas and vacation houses,and renovated existing buildings as well.
Their working relationship ended when Pierre joined the French Resistance and Le Corbusier did not. However, they collaborated once again after the War, on the plan and architecture for the city of Chandigarh in India.
On his death, 4 December 1967, in accordance with his will, Jeanneret's ashes were scattered in Chandigarh's Sukhna Lake.