Italian Designer Furniture

Italian Designer Furniture

When talking about designer furniture, it is never long before someone mentions Italy, particularly Milan. Inspired by the revolutionary Bauhaus school, and taking advantage of an influx of new construction materials, the early 20th Century saw the foundation of contemporary Italian design. Following the explosion in consumerism in the aftermath of the Second World War, there was a movement within Italy to relate form and function in increasingly specific ways and to bring contemporary design forward into a new, classless society.

This design movement was followed, in the Eighties, by the so-called Memphis movement. Pioneered by a group of designers taking inspiration from art deco, kitsch, pop art and futurism, the Memphis movement turned out some particularly novel, colourful and controversial furniture, which showcased Italian design to the rest of the world.

Significant Figures
Of course, the evolution of Italian designer furniture goes hand in hand with the emergence of the great Italian designers, many of whose work you will come across in the extensive Ferrious collection. For example, from the first half of the 20th Century there is the designer, architect and creator of Domus magazine, Gio Ponti. Ponti’s ‘superleggera’ chair is available in our dining chairs range and comes in a variety of seat colours and fabrics.

No history of Italian designer furniture would be complete without mentioning Ettore Sottsass. Dissatisfied with corporate work, Sottsass experimented with design concepts before launching the Memphis movement. His tall, slender Callimaco lamp is just one of an impressive array of lighting solutions available via the Artemide brand.

We also feature graceful and futuristic lighting designs from Carlo Forcolini, a graduate from Milan’s Brera Academy of Fine Arts, who designed for many well-known brands, including Artemide and Cassina.  Ferruccio Laviani, also part of the Memphis movement, brings colour and creativity to any contemporary living space.

Then there’s designer, architect and writer Alessandro Mendini, who imported elements from other cultures into his innovative work which includes the striking ‘Edge’ range of light cubes.

Italian Expertise
In terms of Italian designer furniture, Cassina are one of our leading brands. Coming into existence in the 1920s, Cassina expanded rapidly with commissions from luxury ships and top hotels. They are now known all over the world, and hold the production rights for pieces of furniture from some of the industry’s most prestigious designers, including Le Corbusier, Mario Bellini, Charlotte Perriand and Pierre Jeannerat; some of our Cassina pieces include the unmistakeable zig-zag chair, designed by Gerrit T Rietveld; the intricate Ventaglio table, from Charlotte Perriand and the LC2 sofa range, designed by Le Corbusier and his cousin, Pierre Jeannerat. We also stock the famous Cassina Cab side chair, designed by prolific architect and designer Mario Bellini, who was the first living designer to have a retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. One of the joys of shopping for contemporary furniture is the way pieces can be customised to suit your personal taste and décor, and Bellini’s Cab is available in six colours, with or without arms.

Whether you’re looking to redesign your living room, lounge or office, browse our Cassina section for inspiration.

For the ultimate in high-end lighting solutions, Milan’s Artemide are industry leaders, and Ferrious also boast impressive collections from Venice-based Foscarini.