Sensorial projects on show at Cassina’s new showroom in Cologne

Piero Lissoni, Luca Nichetto and Philippe Starck

14th January 2013. At the newly opened Cassina showroom in Cologne sensorial sensations are emphasised through the use of fabric, leather and wood. The modular Miloe and welcoming La Mise sofas, the new Moov bed part of the Sleeping Authentic collection and the newly transformed Caprice and Passion chairs harmoniously dialogue together in warm and inviting living environments.

Piero Lissoni – comfort and linearity for the day and night.

Piero Lissoni’s interpretation of the living room is represented by the newly released modular sofa Miloe, on show in both in leather and fabric, it creates a skyline that can be comfortably constructed with a series of soft cushions of various sizes and colours giving life to infinite graphical and emotional effects.
Lissoni has also given his interpretation of the bedroom with the elegant Moov bed. Part of the just launched Sleeping Authentic signature bed collection and on show for the first time in Germany, the Moov bed unites the best of aesthetics with ergonomics and comfort thanks to Cassina’s in-depth study using the most advanced technologies to guarantee the best performance.

Luca Nichetto – embracing design with tones from the Orient.

Luca Nichetto, introduced into the Cassina I Contemporanei Collection in 2012, is represented in the Cassina showroom with the decorative haute-couture sofa La Mise and the Japanese influenced Torei tables. La Mise wears its abundant upholstery in a casual manner, like a tailor-made dress - soft, rich and slightly padded. Natural folds almost casually form with differing effects each time, following the silhouette of the sofa, while the loose flaps of the armrests can be wrapped around oneself in an affectionate embrace. Great attention has also been given to the macro zig-zag stitching in a palette of colours (black, white, red, yellow) that contrast with the compact and smooth textured fabrics.
Philippe Starck – a new look for the Caprice and Passion chairs.

The identity of the cutting-edge chairs Caprice and Passion has been strengthened thanks to the development of further proposals studied for all areas of the home. The innovation behind these products highlights Cassina’s technological skill in developing complex projects. The steel structure supports a futuristic nylon frame, product of the most advanced manufacturing experiments, to which a padded cover, now available in a smooth version as well as the capitonnè version, is closely fitted like a tailored garment, naturally welcoming the body. The black enamelled or chromed steel legs are now also available in ash-wood and walnut.

Cassina protagonist at Das Haus by Luca Nichetto - Guest of Honour at imm cologne

As well as the his projects designed for Cassina, Luca Nichetto has also chosen various Cassina models for his Das Haus living environment which particularly focuses on sustainability and nature. The Venetian designer’s choice of products best exemplifies Cassina’s time-honored mastery of carpentry which lies in an innovative fusion of technological skill and traditional craftsmanship. The central living room that Luca Nichetto defines as ‘the beating heart of the home’, is an eco-friendly container that features the teak version of the Tokyo Outdoor chaise-longue by Charlotte Perriand, conceived in Tokyo in 1940 as a re-interpretation in bamboo of the renowned LC4, and the natural oak Tabouret Mèribel stools, an elegant stylization of the traditional milking stool. Franco Albini’s legendary Veliero is also presented in natural ash-wood: a bold challenge to the notions of balance and gravity, this experimental bookcase was brought to life and made functional and stable thanks to the complex technological research carried out by Cassina in collaboration with the Albini Foundation, design historians and marine and civil engineering experts. Amongst the other organic forms presented at Das Haus the iconic 699 Superleggera chair by Gio Ponti and the Nuvola Rossa bookcase in beech-wood by Vico Magistretti.