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86803 Cassina OMBRA TOKYO Chair



Structure in bent beech plywood with oak stained black venereed surface. Designed by Charlotte Perriand in 1954. Cassina Edition.

The entire Cassina collection can be ordered in our physical stores.

REF. 86803

W.45 x H.67 x D.51cm
A. assento 46cm


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With the Ombra Tokyo chair, Charlotte Perriand came up with an iconic piece with great visual appeal and exquisite refinement, conjured from a single sheet of oak plywood, cut, folded and curved to evoke the Japanese origami tradition. This chair was first shown in 1953, its slim-line seat being an absolute first. 

Stackable, light, and functional, the Ombra Tokyo chair is the perfect synthesis of gesture, form, and technology, expressing to perfection Perriand’s design ethos. The constructional techniques applied by Cassina shapes the material in full respect of the original design, and its timeless personality.

Charlotte Perriand was an integral part of an avant-garde movement that reshaped aesthetic values and championed modernity in the early 20th century. Her focus centered on revolutionizing interior composition, aiming to redefine contemporary living, a legacy still resonant in today's lifestyle trends.

At a youthful twenty-four, Perriand embarked on a decade-long collaboration with Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret at their renowned Parisian studio. Her influence in their work added a human touch to Le Corbusier's rationalism. Perriand's creative prowess thrived in her ability to infuse daily life with new aesthetic values, notably her mastery in discovering and utilizing novel materials. Her decade-long partnership with Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret, along with her immersive experience in Japan during the 1940s and '46, marked periods of profound creative energy. 

Post-professional career, Perriand focused on creating original, harmonious pieces commissioned by prestigious entities like Air France and esteemed international organizations. Her enduring dedication to humane and innovative rationalism remained a hallmark of her personality, evident in her projects, and was reaffirmed with their revival in the “Cassina I Maestri” collection.

Established in 1927 by Cesare and Umberto Cassina in Meda, near Milan, Cassina launched industrial design in Italy in the 1950s, based on a totally innovative approach that marked the transition from artisan production to mass production. Throughout its history, Cassina has been a melting pot of design luminaries. In the 1950s, it forged an iconic partnership with architects like Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret, and Charlotte Perriand, creating legendary pieces such as the LC1 Sling Chair and LC2 Grand Confort sofa. These collaborations revolutionized furniture design, emphasizing form and function in equal measure.

One of Cassina's remarkable aspects is its ability to transcend eras. The brand's reissues of iconic designs retain their original essence while adapting to modern sensibilities, appealing to new generations of design enthusiasts. This blend of heritage and contemporary relevance is exemplified in pieces like the LC4 Chaise Longue, a timeless icon of comfort and style. Cassina's collaborations extend beyond mid-century architects. It has partnered with contemporary designers like Philippe Starck, Patricia Urquiola, and Jaime Hayon, infusing fresh perspectives into its collections. These collaborations merge diverse design philosophies, resulting in eclectic yet harmonious pieces that resonate with a broad audience.

In the present design landscape, Cassina stands as a bastion of innovation and heritage, continuously pushing boundaries while honoring its rich legacy. Its commitment to craftsmanship, combined with a forward-thinking approach, ensures its relevance and enduring influence in the ever-evolving world of design.