Cassina enters the Pompidou Centre’s collection with the Ico chair by Ora-Ito.

The Pompidou Centre welcomes a new model by Cassina.
The Ico chair, designed by Ora-Ito, has been added to the Pompidou Centre’s permanent collection alongside other iconic pieces by Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret, Charlotte Perriand, Toshiyuki Kita, Vico Magistretti, Gio Ponti, Gaetano Pesce and Gerrit T. Rietveld.
Ico, part of Cassina’s 2016 collection, enters the centre with 5 other emblematic pieces by the same designer thanks to the initiative of Marie-Ange Brayer, Curator of Design and Industrial Prospective.
This new entry particularly highlights the Pompidou Centre’s recognition of Cassina’s typical carpentry workmanship and the visual lexicon of Ora-Ito’s studio.

MedaMade: a combination of wood craftsmanship and technological innovation.
Ico, presented at the last Salone del Mobile in Milan, is a tribute to Cassina’s carpentry workmanship heritage. Developed over more than two years with the French designer Ora-Ito, this project has completely centred the equilibrium between craft and industry, style and experimentation.
Ico clearly references Cassina’s history and in particular the 814 chair designed by Ico Parisi in 1950; the chair’s name is in fact an homage to this historical model. A chair that has been invigorated by Ora-Ito’s dynamism to form an instantly recognisable contour.

A new definition of the archetypal chair
The ‘techno-organic’ nature of the chair, intended as inspired by industrial/ technical elements, has been developed in close collaboration with the Cassina Research and Development team who have painstakingly studied the engineering and construction of each component of this apparently simple design using the most advanced expertise.
The base, made entirely of solid wood, is representative of the brand’s ability to industrialise sinuous yet complex forms through the perfect combination of craftsmanship and technology. This element is characterised by refined joinery, traditional carpentry and the use of sophisticated, latest generation, numerical control milling machines with 5 axes.
However, the chair’s comfort is not sacrificed for technology. Ico’s curved wooden frame is accompanied by careful upholstery work.
Ico is available in 4 open pore matt finishes, (natural ash-wood or ash-wood stained black, walnut or red) making the piece extremely versatile for all kinds of architectural settings.