There are some things that are just destined to be a classic. I recently - again - came across Cassina's Maralunga sofa, a Vico Magistretti design and remembered how much I still love it. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the beloved Maralunga sofa. Back in the day (and, I'm sure for those who stumble across it for the first time today), Maralunga was an instant hit following its debut and winning the Compass D'Oro in 1979.
Maralunga has the unique combination of an ageless contemporary style and exceptional comfort. The folding mechanism of the back, a defining characteristic of the piece, was ingeniously invented using a bicycle chain. The Maralunga sofa immediately made its mark as a product with great strength and impact on the international market. its reassuring appearance and the extreme simplicity of its soft padding, fully summarise the salient characteristics of this design. Today, the mobility of the headrests, though updated technologically, maintains Maralunga's adaptability and level of comfort.
What's more, this anniversary brings the Maralunga one step closer to its 50th birthday, which Cesare Cassina predicted would solidify the design's status as a classic. In honor of this landmark and to celebrate this special anniversary, Cassina introduces the new Maralunga '40 version. This iconic sofa in its more modern, youthful form is upholstered in fabric or leather with simple, refined stitching around the edges. This anniversary model joins the classic Maralunga sofa to now offer timeless options for environments whether they are modern, hip or sophisticated classic.
About the Manufacturer: Established in 1927 in Northern Italy, Cassina has been designing the future for eighty-five years. Particularly in the 1950s, the company launched industrial design in Italy seeking to encourage and pave the way for architects and designers to envision fresh designs and translate their inspirations into reality through experimentation, research and innovation - providing the foundations for which the company is still based on today. Since then, Cassina has confirmed its authentic, creative and intellectual design prowess by consistently working side-by-side with the most talented individuals from both the 20th and 21st centuries, including architects and designers with quite diverse sensibilities, styles and creative spirits, including Le Corbusier, Charlotte Perriand, Pierre Jeanneret, Franco Albini, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Gio Ponti, Vico Magistretti, Philippe Starck and Gaetano Pesce.