Japanese Lessons: Charlotte Perriand/Luca Nichetto

Cassina at Neue Werkstätten

Japan, a great source of inspiration for creativity. This is the starting point of Cassina’s presentation that will take place during the Munich Creative Business Week at Neue Werkstätten. A journey to the Orient that brings together authentic projects by the pioneering architect Charlotte Perriand and the talented designer Luca Nichetto.
Cassina has always focused on working side-by-side with the most talented individuals from both the 20th and 21st centuries, including architects and designers with quite diverse sensibilities, styles and creative spirits. Here Charlotte Perriand, a revolutionary figure from the modern movement, and Luca Nichetto, a new talent who is becoming more and more popular on the contemporary design scene, come together in a natural union, linked by a shared passion for Japan. Subtle references to their experiences in Japan can be recognised in the signature style of their designs, part of the Cassina collections.

The intuitive minimalism of Charlotte Perriand
The long period that Charlotte Perriand spent in Japan (1940-1942 and 1953-55) profoundly influenced her, installing a close bond with nature and developing a highly original combination of Western elements and Oriental culture. This can be seen in her organic, elemental design approach. Cassina, working in close collaboration with Pernette Perriand-Barsac - Charlotte Perriand’s sole heir and assistant for twenty years, has the exclusive worldwide rights to produce these designs which provide a coherent view of this stylistic approach.
Amongst the products presented the Nuage bookcase, launched in 2012 by Cassina, marks a turning point in Perriand’s studies of the standardization of components necessary to create bookshelves and cupboards and expresses the free modularity inspired by Japanese architecture. The Ombra Tokyo chair has an evident Japanese link: its shape is as clean and clear-cut as an ideogram. Cassina, using its historical tradition for wood craftsmanship, folds the chair as if it were a piece of origami. As its name suggests, the Tokyo chaise-longue, the first edition of a project never before released, was originally conceived in Tokyo as a re-interpretation of the renowned LC4 in bamboo, a typical material used in the Japanese culture.

The oriental creativity of Luca Nichetto
Oriental culture is also of great inspiration for the Italian designer Luca Nichetto who often spends time in Asia.
Careful attention has been paid to the fabric of the newly released La Mise: an abundance of rich material in a single and continuous piece that unfolds to create a traditional Japanese kimono for the sofa. Natural folds follow the silhouette of the piece, while the loose flaps of the armrests can be wrapped around oneself in a warm and affectionate embrace. To complete the sofa, Torei is a collection of graphic and essential side tables with a solid wood top, laminated in black or natural ash, that has been hollowed out like a tray, evoking a strong Japanese influence. The tables of varying heights and dimensions can be paired and intersected as desired and transformed into small Japanese architectures.

During the Munich Creative Business Week Cassina will also present extraordinary projects at the Die Neue Sammlung International Design Museum.