The Italian furniture company was founded in Arosio in the year 1946. While the hand made furniture production were paramount, Cappellini today produces furniture that has overall been shaped by namely designers.
The company’s history began in an old warehouse in the south of Milan that became an attracting point for design pilgrims in the Milan Furniture Fair-Frame every year. There, Cappellini staged its novelties as colourful world and future oriented window. When proprietor Giulio Cappellini structured the company systematically into a “Design Edition” in the 1970es, he constantly proved a safe nose for young, international design-talents. Cappellini even often became a springboard for the design-newcomers and this is how the Cappellini-designers-list is read as an international “who-is-who” of design.
From Jasper Morrison’s chair Thinking Man’s Chair (1988) over the Orgone Table (1991) and the Embryo Chair (1998) from Marc Newson, the S-Chair, Palon Chair and the Bird Lounger from Tom Dixon (1992) up to the Knotted Chair (1996) from Marcel Wanders, real design classics are gathered in the Cappellini assortment that is also placed in the constant collection of the MoMa in New York. More design stars that were occupied for the Cappellini Company are Konstantin Grcic, Alessandro Mendini, Alberto Meda, Ross Lovegrove, Ron Arad, Piero Lissoni, Werner Aislinger and the brothers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, amongst others.
The whole Cappellini collection is characterized by strong single statements and therefore really heterogenic. Beside exclusive living objects with cult-status, there is also utility design within this company: simple, functional and long lasting successful wardrobe and shelving systems from Giulio Cappellini.
The often manufacture technical sophisticated furniture is realized inside of an operators network, that guarantees a high level of technical competence. However, this brave production politic also required its price, and this is how Cappellini is part of the renowned Poltrona Frau Group since 2004.
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