Cassina • LC PORCELLANE
Prato decorativo Diam.33cm
Pure unglazed porcelain. Made by Richard Ginori exclusively for Cassina. Design Le Corbusier, in collaboration with Ginori 1735.
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Cassina in collaboration with Ginori 1735 and the Le Corbusier Foundation. Cassina takes its inspiration from the genius of Le Corbusier for a collection of three trays in pure, unglazed porcelain. These trays borrow some of the bas-relief symbols chosen for the walls of the buildings of Chandigarh, the city designed in the 1950s and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The same procedure can be seen in Marseille in the Unité d’Habitation on the sculptures moulées, symbolic designs embedded by Le Corbusier in the concrete – béton brut – taken from his figurative portfolio.
Each tray, made by Ginori 1735, includes a design sketched by the Master in 1956: the open hand symbolising peace (square tray with rounded corners), the fish (round tray), the movement of the sun (rectangular tray).
Charles-Edouard Jeanneret (1887-1965), renowned as Le Corbusier, was born in 1887 in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. Initially met with resistance due to the perceived radicalism and revolutionary nature of his work, Le Corbusier's architectural and design endeavors eventually garnered widespread recognition and enduring admiration.
His ideology, still influential today, progressively shaped by rational systems, emphasized functionalism over outdated symbolism. He sought to elevate the practical function as a symbol of new values, steering away from what he deemed antiquated symbols. His planning method employed extremely simple modules and forms based on functional logic. Throughout his career as a town-planner, architect, and designer, Le Corbusier's research methodology evolved, oscillating between extremes of a rich plastic idiom. His notable works include the Unité d’Habitation in Marseille (1946-52), the Chapel at Ronchamp (1950-55), the Dominican Monastery "La Tourette" (1951-56), the Centre of Zurich (1964-65), and the Hospital in Venice (1965).
His furniture designs, such as the Equipement intérieur de l’habitation (tables, chairs, armchairs, sofas) created for the Salon d’Automne in 1928 with Pierre Jeanneret and Charlotte Perriand, exemplify his commitment to functional yet adaptable forms. Cassina reintroduces this furniture, celebrated for its timeless and adaptable design, embodying clear and essential forms that consistently acquire new significance over time and in varied environments.
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.