Cassina announces design project with CALVIN KLEIN

The limited edition Feltri armchairs will be presented
at Design Miami/Basel in Switzerland in a special installation curated by
Calvin Klein, Inc.’s Chief Creative Officer, Raf Simons.

Vintage quilts for 100 unique Feltri armchairs.
The Feltri armchair, designed by Gaetano Pesce for Cassina in 1987, has been upholstered with one-of-a-kind Amish American quilts that date to the 19th and 20th centuries for a collection of 100 unique pieces. Selected by Raf Simons for CALVIN KLEIN, these heirloom quilts are emblematic of both American heritage and a homespun, handcrafted ethos of days gone by.

An established collectors’ item part of a large-scale installation.
The Feltri armchair, an ironic take on the royal throne, has always represented a melding of art and functionality and over the years the piece has become an established icon and a mainstay of modern art and contemporary design collectables.
The limited-edition armchairs numbered 1-50 will be previewed as part of a large-scale installation by CALVIN KLEIN at Design Miami/ Basel in June 2018. These pieces will be available for purchase at the Fair while the remaining 50-100 will be made available for purchase through Cassina at a later date.

Industrial experimentation and the desire to explore materials.
As a youth Gaetano Pesce spent a lot of his time at the Cassina Research & Development Centre. Many innovations emerged from this hive of experimentation, including the Feltri armchair made entirely from thick wool felt.
Created using a patented production technique, the armchair’s backrest is soft and enveloping while its lower part, infused with thermosetting resin, is firm and durable.
The Feltri armchair is still today a symbol of cutting edge design.