Cassina celebrates product innovation and the 50th anniversary of the LC Collection at the immcologne fair 2015

19th January 2015. Research and innovation are the essential themes of Cassina’s presentation at immcologne this year. The brand presents product innovation for designs by the contemporary figures Jaime Hayon and Mario Bellini, introduces new re-editions by the great masters of architecture Frank Lloyd Wright and Carlo Scarpa, and celebrates the aptitude of Italian industry with the 50th anniversary of the renowned LC Collection.
 
Also on show the M10 chair by Patrick Norguet, selected amongst the winners of immcologne’s Interior Innovation Award 2015. Suspended with elegant indifference, the body of the M10 chair is testimonial to the innovative and complex work process which has revolutionized the typical constructive workmanship of the classic chair.
 
All of this takes place in an inviting home environment enclosed by concrete walls which take details from six of the most revolutionary modern architectures designed by Le Corbusier, such as the Chapelle Notre Dame du Haut in Ronchamp and the Unité d’Habitation in Marseille, both in France, and Villa Shodhan in Ahmedabad in India.
 
Sophisticated leather workmanship for contemporary seating: Vico sofa by Jaime Hayon
The production challenge behind the design of the Vico sofa by Jaime Hayon has been further developed in a new leather version. The piece’s upholstery method, first conceived in fabric, is particularly complex as the material is not glued directly to the frame, as is often the case in the production of slim line sofas, but worked around the structure. This requires particular skill, typical of Cassina’s long heritage culture and expertise in upholstery workmanship, from the way in which the leather is cut and stitched to the painstaking covering of the frame.
The innovative use of cast aluminium for the base has also been extended from a single matt black version to a polish aluminium and warm satin bronze finishes.
 
New leathers for a timeless icon: Cab chair by Mario Bellini
With more than 500,000 sold to date, the Cab chair designed by Mario Bellini for Cassina in 1977 is one of his most recognisable pieces. In its privileged relationship with the human body, the chair is according to the architect one of the pieces of furniture most deeply rooted in our collective memory.
Cassina’s know-how can be identified in the workmanship of the saddle leather, now available in a larger selection of 16 colours, which fits like a glove over the chair’s metal skeleton.
 
Exploration and expansion of the Frank Lloyd Wright Collection
Cassina recently celebrated the reacquisition of the Frank Lloyd Wright production and distribution rights in North America with an extra-large version of the Barrel chair, the Barrel Taliesin modelwhich was designed by Wright himself in 1937 for Herbert Johnson’s house. This more ample version, almost 10% larger, is now available worldwide.
 
The Boynton Hall table was originally conceived as a sideboard for the dining room of Boynton Hall in New York, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1908. The console, produced in Cassina’s carpentry workshop, is a new addition to the collection and fully expresses the architect’s love for poetic harmony.
 
The wood essences studied for the entire Frank Lloyd Wright collection (excluding the Barrel chairhave been expanded to include American walnut on top of the current stained walnut, stained black or natural cherry wood.
 
A Carlo Scarpa design classic adapted for the office
Carlo Scarpa designed a number of structural tables for the Simon brand which reflect his architectural approach to design. The Sarpi table, first produced in 1974, has now been developed into a family of tables for the work environment. Part of the Cassina SimonCollezione, Sarpi Office, is now available in 6 rectangular sizes with a stained black ash-wood or American walnut top, or a frosted glass top backpainted white, both with an optional integrated wire grommet.
 
LC Collection: 1965-2015, golden anniversary
2015 is an important year for Cassina, firstly to commemorate 50 years since Le Corbusier’s death and, above all, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of one of the most significant collections of contemporary design: the LC Collection.
 
In 1964, while Le Corbusier and the co-authors were still alive, Cassina signed the contract for the first 4 models designed by Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret and Charlotte Perriand. Cassina started producing these revolutionary items, unfamiliar at the time, from 1965, introducing over the years a series of technical innovations to advance the products from a small artisanal production to an industrial manufacturing process.
Thanks to the collection’s commercial success, which went hand in hand with the internationalisation of the company, these products were distributed worldwide, making them the familiar icons that they have become today.
 
LC Collection: Authenticity, keeping Cassina one step ahead of the copycat market
Cassina is the only authorised company to produce the designs by Le Corbusier, Jeanneret, Perriand.
Right from the very beginning, the models were branded with a progressive production number, an innovative instrument to recognise the artistic value of the pieces and to ensure control of the original production.
Cassina believes that is vital to fight against imitations and protect the culture of design as an important historic and cultural heritage by pro-actively developing product innovation and constantly improving quality. In this way the copycats are put in a difficult position where they are unable to contend with the excellence and content of the projects.
 
LC Collection: Looking to the future: chrome-free technology for a safer environment
Continuing its quest for innovation, Cassina has researched the industrial processes adopted in the production of the LC Collection in order to reduce negative impact on the environment.
Considering this, a conscientious decision has been made to only employ trivalent chrome (CR3) for the frames of the LC Collection, a safer and considerably less toxic alternative to hexavalent chromium (CR6), and to introduce organic leather and a new soft microfiber fabric alternative.
Cassina will therefore be able to guarantee safer production processes not only for this collection by the end 2015, but for the entire collection to follow in the immediate future.
 
LC Collection: Historical analysis for product upgrade, colours and details
The intense historical research carried out by Cassina in close collaboration with the Le Corbusier Foundation and the heirs of the co-authors, has led to a series of product upgrades for the LC Collection
with the aim of discovering the authentic spirit of the project. For this special anniversary a reviewed palette of colours discovered during the analysis of models from the archives and museums has been presented for the collection’s frames, these will update the nuances originally identified by Charlotte Perriand in 1978.
 
The LC9 stool, part of the LC Collection since 1973 with a removable sponge seat - as exhibited in 1929 at the Salon d’Automne, has also been developed for this anniversary. Confectioned in its own personalised box it is now available in its very first version with an Indian cane seat designed by Charlotte Perriand in 1927 for her apartment in Paris, as well as a saddle leather seat, making it adapt for all areas of the home.