During the mid-50’s Cassina engaged the talents of architects such as Gio Ponti, Afra and Tobia Scarpa, Mario Bellini and Vico Magistretti for design collaboration. In order to broaden the appeal of the Cassina Collection, Franco Cassina initiated a visionary collaboration between Le Corbusier and Cassina. Building upon the success of the Le Corbusier license, the company launched the I Maestri Collection (Masters Collection), which today includes major icons of design history: Le Corbusier, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Gerrit Rietveld, E. Gunnar Asplund, Charlotte Perriand, and Franco Albini.
The list of designers in Cassina’s Contemporary Collection reads like a brief history of design from the pioneering work of Gio Ponti to the conceptually flamboyant designs of Philippe Starck. From the sculptural shapes of Vico Magistretti, and humanistic industrial style of Mario Bellini, to the innovative forms of Toshiyuki Kita, and the artistic expression of Gaetano Pesce. Designers Francesco Binfaré, Andrea Branzi, Paolo Deganello, Piero Lissoni, Jorge Pensi, Hannes Wettstein, and newcomers Patrick Jouin, Zaha Hadid, and Jean Marie Massaud epitomize Cassina’s commitment to the Italian design ideals of craftsmanship and quality. It is a true fusion of industrial technology with artisan manufacturing.