The new addition to the W Atelier stable is the high-end Italian designer furniture brand Cassina. The Cassina Perspective is the name given to the space – and it’s a bit of a “wow”! In fact, the whole showroom at Henderson Road will likely wow you: three floors (300 square metres) of eye candy for home décor lovers and interior designers. It’s definitely worth a visit if you’re renovating or doing up your home, or you love furniture design and want an iconic statement piece. If you’re like me, you’ll be touching everything and trying out all the sofas and chairs! But more about them later.
Craftsmanship and design
Apart from having a pedigree dating back to 1927, craftsmanship and design are the two points to highlight when it comes to the designer furniture of Cassina. Partnering up with top international furniture designers over the years has been the brand’s strength. And while many pieces have evolved over time, they have kept certain important elements. So, the colours, size and materials may differ, but the technical aspects remain.
Cassina woodworking is a world without nails and glue, just superb craftsmanship. All the joins are designed to allow the wood to move in humidity or dryness, and they’ll last as long as the wood itself; so for centuries, really! That means you’re not buying for a few years; you’re buying something that will be handed on to the next generation.
Similarly, the hand-stitching on the upholstery, both leather and fabric, is superb. It also acts as a feature on some of the pieces – like the Utrecht Armchair. Great craftsmanship is also at play in the mechanics of the Maralunga Sofa. It has a rubber band-style headrest with a top-quality mechanism that allows the option of a high-back sofa or a lower, more modern look. I didn’t want to get off it – it’s made with memory foam and is so comfortable!
Let’s talk leather: if you’re not currently a big fan of leather furniture, Cassina may change your mind. The leather Cab chairs and stools by Mario Bellini are among their classics. Think hand-stitched, comfortable and clean – and very, very classy.
Softer natural leather that wears with time is available in a few different styles of armchairs at Cassina, too, including the LC2 by Le Corbusier. Or you might prefer the safer option of treated leather, which gives an untarnished look for years. Whichever you choose, they’re all super comfy.
As for other materials, you’ll also find glass, for instance in the elegant round glass Lebeau Wood table designed by Patrick Jouin. Match the table with curved swivel Indochine chairs by Charlotte Perriand to suit any size of dining room or area and interior style.
Home accessories and more
Among Cassina’s accessories, options include oriental-inspired glass vases and sculptural design pieces that reflect the brand’s tradition of woodworking excellence. There are also floor and suspension lamps and gorgeous bamboo rugs for finishing touches. What especially caught my attention was a hanging light from Czech-based designer and manufacturer of bespoke lighting installations and glass objects, Lasvit. It was almost holographic and changed hue depending on your viewpoint.
Daniel Magg, General Manager (Furniture Division) at W Atelier, says, “The Cassina Perspective is about the best contemporary design – avant-gardism, authenticity, excellence – and it offers a broad range of configurations for the home.”
You may not want or be able to afford to have your whole house furnished with designer furniture or Cassina pieces. No problem; just having one will set the stage for the rest of your home.
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