Recognize an original from a copy

How to tell an original from an imitation

Cassina is the only company authorised to produce the authentic Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret and Charlotte Perriand furniture collection.
Cassina is the only company to have acquired exclusive, worldwide production rights through a licence signed with the co-authors and the Le Corbusier Foundation in 1964.

  • LC2 Cassina
    LC2 Cassina
  • Copy
    Copy
  • LC2 Cassina

    The metallic structures are bent using a special welding technique, and not just by bending the tube. This gives constant thickness with higher mechanical resistance even though it can't be seen.

  • Copia

    The radius of curvature of the structure does not follow the strict instructions of the authors; in fact they often look very angular.

  • LC2 Cassina

    All seams are carefully smoothed and polished using a labour-intensive brushing technique.

  • Copia

    The welding is often done very carelessly and the seams are usually very obvious as they are not smoothed or polished.

  • LC2 Cassina

    The cushion is made of a foam core to guarantee solidity which is then wrapped in padding for comfort.

  • Copia

    The cushions are often manufactured quite roughly, with glue used to join the pieces and thin padding that makes the seats stiff.

  • LC4 Cassina
    LC4 Cassina
  • Copy
    Copy
  • LC4 Cassina

    All seams are carefully smoothed and polished using a labour intensive brushing technique.

  • Copy

    The seams are usually very obvious as they are not smoothed or polished.

  • Cassina
    LC4 Cassina
  • Copy
    Copy
  • Each item from the Collection is indelibly marked with theCassina I Maestri logotype, the signature of the authors and the progressive ID production number to make each item unique. This information is also printed on the attached ID card. In addition, the Cassina logo can be seen on the LC2, LC3 and LC4 models.

  • You can tell that the piece is a counterfeit if there is no brand name.

  • Cassina

    The leather used for the Le Corbusier, P. Jeanneret and C. Perriand collection is unique. Its velvety softness and durability are guaranteed since only top quality leather from known provenances is used.

  • Copy

    Intense smoothing processes make the leather look more artificial and lacklustre.

  • Cassina

    Companies that produce imitations do not generally have a culture of excellence and cannot always be clearly identified.

  • Copy

    You will not be able to benefit from the range of services offered by Cassina or receive any specialised assistance if you buy an imitation.

  • Cassina

    The retail network used by Cassinaensures the customer wide-ranging, qualified support, including after-sales assistance.

  • Copy

    The cushions are often manufactured quite roughly, with glue used to join the pieces and thin padding that makes the seats stiff.

  • Cassina

    Cassina quality and authenticity are further protected by a warranty that can last up to 50 years on certain models.

  • Copy

    Poor quality imitations cannot be guaranteed.