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.
Architect and designer Charlotte Perriand was born in Paris in 1903. Having studied design at École de l'Union Centrale des Arts Décoratifs between 1920 and 1925, Perriand started to manage her own design firm in 1927. From the late 1920s to the late 1930s, she worked with Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret, and the reputation of her works spanned far-away lands such as Tokyo and Indonesia.
Cassina inspired Perriand and she worked for the brand for long years. Her most well-known work is the steel chair series she designed in her first years with Corbusier and Jeanneret. Her highlight works include Salon d'Automne’deki Équipement d'Habitation in Paris, Le Corbusier’s new apartment on Rue Nungesser-et-Coli, and the League of Nations for the United Nations in Geneva.
There was a retrospective exhibition on Perriand at Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris in 1985. In 1998, there was also a presentation about her at the Design Museum in London, and a published autobiography titled “Vie de Création.”