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.
Born in Oviedo, Spain in 1961, Patricia Urquiola studied architecture at Polytechnic University of Madrid and Polytechnic University of Milan. She worked as a co-lecturer with Achille Castiglioni and Eugenio BEttinelli in Milan and Paris between 1990 and 1992.
Having opened her own design studio in 2001, Patricia Urquiola works in various fields from product design to installation and architecture. Some of architect and designer Urquiola’s projects include Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Barcelona, W Retreat & Spa in Porto, a villa in Udine, the scenography of the opera “l’incoronazione di Poppea” in Monteverdi, and installations and showroom designs for Hermès, Gianvito Rossi, Flos, Moroso, and H&M.
Having designed for important brands such as Agape, Alessi, B&B Italia, Bart Design, Bisazza, Bmw, Budri, Chevalier Edition, Il Coccio, De Padova, De Vecchi, Salvatore Ferragamo, Flos, Foscarini, Glas Italia, Kartell, Panasonic, Paola Lenti, Rosenthal, Champagne Ruinart, and San Lorenzo, Patricia Urquiola was honored with Medalla de Oro al mérito en las Bellas Artes by the Spanish government in 2010. She currently lives and works in Milan.