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.
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.
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.