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Fauteuil rembourré Sofa with Arms / Shiro Kuramata, 1982 - Tissu - Cappellini

A tale of daring

This love story began in 1946, when Enrico Cappellini started making furniture in Carouge, Switzerland. His studio was then passed down to his son, Giulio Cappellini, in 1977, who Created in 1946, wooden urnishings seeking out the talents of the future Bold aesthetics that withstand the test of time exhibited in the most prestigious museums around the world.

Values

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Talent-seeker

Giving them a chance. Known for seeking out promising talents, the Italian creative house revealed, with its trademark flair, the greatest designers of our times, becoming the holy grail of young creators. By throwing conventions out the window, the Cappellini catalogue always impresses with its creativity. The creative house perpetually shakes up the codes of design and pushes the limits of production, building each project it sets its sights on into a piece worthy of admission into museums.

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Democratising the experimental process

This spearhead of Italian craftsmanship and expertise dares to introduce high-end materials into a more industrial approach. The aim? To democratise excellence, to experiment with new production techniques, and to introduce creative and production processes that result in breathtaking creations!

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Ambassador of Italian design

At the heart of this Italian design culture, inimitable, timeless and avant-garde, the creative house of Cappellini has forged its legacy from within its hometown of Milan, by continually presenting new pieces, each one more astonishing than the last, during the Salone del Mobile. Refined, elegant, and most importantly extravagant, the creative personalities of each piece of furniture make the most of Italian style with dynamism, humour and an eccentric flair.

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Giulio Cappellini

The creative instinct

Architect, designer and artistic director… Giulio Cappellini is one of the most influential figures in the design world. Since 1977, when he joined the Italian company, the founder's son has led the family studio to the After having studied under Achille Castiglioni, he was driven be an innovative vision, aiming to shake up design, as well as by a formidable instinct when it comes to seeking out talents. Giulio Cappellini has become a renowned mentor, representing and passing on the excellence of Made in Italy around the globe. He spent the 1980s introducing some of the greatest designers of the late-20th Century to the world of design: Jasper Morrison, Marc Newson, Tom Dixon, Marcel Wanders. All of these great creators have Castiglioni to thank for their success and the spotlight shone on them by the Cappellini creative house, a reference on the international design scene. He's also tried his hand at creating, through furniture which perfectly balances functionality with playfulness.

To mark the brand's launch on Made In Design, Giulio Cappellini has granted us an exclusive insight into his vision of design through this video interview.

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Revelations

Anti-conformist revelations

Between aesthetic prowess and anti-conformist revelations, Cappellini has had its eclecticism firmly rooted since the 1980s. These first editions went on to become hits, showcasing the talent of each designer. The Felt Chair, created by Marc Newson in 1988, following the Embryo model, instantly establishes the creator's biomorph style, and has the armchair partially resting on the underside of the its seat. Also in the late 1980s, Tom Dixon invented the S-Chair, this serpentine-shaped seat defies the laws of weight distribution with its metal frame. Then, in 1996, Marcel Wanders designed the Knotted Chair, an ultra-lightweight chair combining carbon fibres and aramid. The alloy is assembled to resemble a fishing net.
From Marc Newson to Marcel Wanders for Moooi, not to forget Tom Dixon or the Bouroullec brothers… All of these creators carved out a successful career for themselves, designing for renowned creative houses or founding their own brands.

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Revolutionary utopia

Eccentricity, humour and dynamism are key markers of the DNA of Cappellini collections, tied together by the creations of renowned designers. This futuristic retro armchair was the first armchair designed to be modular. We then (re)discover the anti-establishment design work of post-modernist Alessandro Mendini through his Proust wing chair, which is both experimental and provocative in equal measures. Finally, the laws of gravity are defied by Shiro Kuramata and his Side 01 chest of drawers, in a nod to the tiered sculptures of artist Donald Judd. Explore these original and disruptive pieces, spanning from the 1960s to current day, which stand as manifesto of the revolutionary character of the collaborations between designers and the great Italian creative house.

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The creative house of Cappellini

Contemporary eclecticism

Whilst Cappellini may well make its mark through its extravagance, it remains, in its essence, a design creator for all spaces in the home. Here, we shift the spotlight onto its collections which double down on originality by getting back to basics. Simplicity and streamlined lines are on the cards with Christophe Pillet's Sunset armchair. Elating modern comfort is guaranteed with the Litos sofa by Sebastian Herkner. A manifesto of functional and timeless design, the meticulous creations have us weak at the knees, enhancing any living space.

Lochness Desk

Piero Lissoni (2015)

Revolving Cabinet

Shiro Kuramata (1970)

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Cappellini's place in culture

From the MoMA in New York, to the Victoria & Albert museum in London, not to mention international-hit films such as the James Bond saga, Cappellini's design is anchored into our collective consciences. Successfully democratising design thanks to the innovative nature of these revolutionary styles, these pieces have succeeded in taking the daring step from the status of specialist creations to that of exceptional furnishings, known by all and anchored in popular culture. A demonstration of the genius that can be seen in design when its success transcends social classes.

Designers

Alessandro Mendini

Marcel Wanders

Marc Newson

Tom Dixon

Jasper Morrison

Joe Colombo

Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec

Piero Lissoni

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