Drawn from the great classics in the Cassina Masters collection by Le Corbusier, Gerrit Rietveld, Marco Zanuso and Charlotte Perriand,  Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec's first collection for Cassina includes two pieces – the Cotone armchair and the Baleno shelving system. Both pieces express the Bouroullec's interest in process and making, perfectly balanced by Cassina's artisanal and industrial skills.

Sometimes people see an organic approach in our work, but it is more about looking for the organisation in the mess. We try to bring something that is not totally precise or fixed, something that is not conveying a present condition. For that there is a language of shapes... more and more we are working with textiles and soft materials.
— Erwan Bouroullec
The Cotone armchair designed by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for the Cassina Contemporary collection launched during Milan Design Week.

The Cotone armchair designed by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for the Cassina Contemporary collection launched during Milan Design Week.

The structure of the Cotone armchair is minimal in approach and highly elegant. It is produced from aluminium with extruded profile details developed by Cassina's R&D team. Focusing on comfort, the frame is carefully juxtaposed with a soft down upholstered seat. Described by Cassina as "a rich project with great design and production value due to its minute attention to detail", the collection was designed for the home and the office, and produced in a range of colours and finishes, including lacquered matt black, natural anodised finishes, matt red, matt greyblue, green and copper.

Softness and elasticity, life now is about a better relationship with your body. Now we work on things that are soft and can move and can extend. Elasticity and softness is one of the answers to contemporary life... unlike the 70s it is now much more about movement.
— Erwan Bouroullec
The Baleno shelving system and Cotone armchair by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for the Cassina Contemporary collection.

The Baleno shelving system and Cotone armchair by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for the Cassina Contemporary collection.

Now part of Cassina's accessories range, the Baleno shelving system's graphic form is made in a highly versatile thermoplastic material to hold books and objects, adjusting according to the weight applied, up to 4kg per shelf, and attached to the wall with hidden shelving dowels. It's an example of the material experiments and process-driven work that the Bouroullec brothers continue to focus on so brilliantly.

The Cassina collection is exclusively available from Space Furniture – Australia – and Space Furniture – Asia.

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