Ico Parisi returns to Cassina with a collection of furniture reissued from both the company’s historical archive as well as from private commissions of models never serially produced before. Thanks to a painstaking philological process of research and development carried out in collaboration with Roberta Lietti, curator of the Ico Parisi Design Archives, Cassina rediscovers the roots of the mid- century culture of living.
Following Franco Albini and Marco Zanuso, Ico Parisi becomes the third Italian architect to be part of the company’s anthology devoted to the reissues of the great masters of 20th Century architecture.
Parisi was not only one of Cassina’s top designers, but he was also entrusted with the design of the company’s showrooms in Meda and Rome in addition to the curation of its catalogue. Today Cassina brings this furniture back to life to cover all areas of the home, from the living room to the dining area.
The 875 armchair returns from the Cassina archives
The 875 armchair was designed by Ico Parisi in 1960 for Cassina (at the time Figli di Amedeo Cassina). Cosy, rigorous and elegant, its body is fixed to unusual arched supports that accentuate its defined profile. Characterised by an ample seat and armrests that encourage support, the 875 is a comfortable and functional armchair destined for any room of the house.
The Olimpino table: from a private villa to the Cassina reissue
This table was designed by Parisi in 1955 for a villa near Como. The slender metal tubular structure of the Olimpino table holds a rectangular monolithic sheet of glass that allows the articulated metal structure below to be admired. The two pairs of upright legs, characterised by a typical Y-shape, have internal upper arms that converge to join under the top while the external arms diverge to hold and elegantly support it.
The design idea was born from a few lines drawn on a sheet of paper: a straight horizontal line and two oblique ones to define a harmonious and tense structure with almost perfect proportions and an organic appearance. An image that could be compared to a foal ready to spring into action expressing the strength and tension of its tapered legs.
PA ‘1947, a geometric and elegant shaped console table
The name of the reissue is also a tribute to Parisi’s nickname, PA’, that is the beginning of his surname together with an accent resulting in a diminutive form of the word ‘father’ in recognition of his role in leading the modern movement in Como.
The design idea was born from a few lines drawn on a sheet of paper: a straight horizontal line and two oblique ones to define a harmonious and tense structure with almost perfect proportions and an organic appearance.