ECHOES, 50 YEARS OF iMAESTRI
For the 50th anniversary of the Cassina iMaestri Collection, the company presents ‘Echoes, 50 years of iMaestri’, curated by art director Patricia Urquiola with Federica Sala, on show at Palazzo Broggi from the 17th to the 21st of April 2023.
In a modern and industrial setting inside this historical building in the Cordusio area of Milan, the unique method that Cassina has established over the years to edit the great classics, through the promotion of authenticity and design culture, is recounted. A celebration of the past with a new vision for the future that anticipates the book Echoes, edited by Ivan Mietton and published by Rizzoli, to be released this autumn.
This anniversary represents an opportunity for Cassina to illustrate in a current-day perspective the intense research carried out that, over the last 50 years, has led the company to industrially develop the furniture designed by the great architects of the Modern Movement.
The Cassina iMaestri Collection was officially presented in 1973 with the inclusion of models by Gerrit T. Rietveld and Charles Rennie Mackintosh. For some time, the company had already begun analysing and selecting the most significant pieces of furniture by leading figures in the Modern Movement. This process began in 1964 with the acquisition of the exclusive worldwide rights for the serial production of the first four models designed by Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret and Charlotte Perriand and, over the years, the collection has brought together some of the most iconic furniture of the 20th Century.
Work carried out with the utmost respect for authenticity, thanks to the close collaboration with the foundations and heirs of the maestri, that also brings to light previously unreleased designs that had never been industrially produced before, making this creative universe known to a wider public.