80s C.R. Mackintosh ‘Hill House’ chair for Cassina 1st edition
Italian furniture manufacturing giant Cassina, originally named Amedeo Cassina, was founded by brothers Cesare (1909-1979) and Umberto (1910-1992) Cassina in Meda, Italy in 1927. Although initially specialized in bespoke woodworking and high-end interiors, by the 1950s the brothers took the company in a new direction, anticipating the growing demand for mass-produced home furnishings. Cassina is often credited with introducing industrial design to Italy and has built an international reputation for collaborating with some of the world’s most respected designers. Cassina’s designs are included in permanent collections the world over, such as the Museum of Modern Art (New York), Vitra Design Museum (Weil am Rhein) and London Design Museum.
Charles Rennie Mackintosh (7 June 1868 – 10 December 1928) was a Scottish architect, designer, water colourist and artist and lived most of his life in Glasgow. He changed his name McIntosh into Mackintosh for unknown reasons. During the industrial revolution the city Glasgow had to tor into mass-production because of the growth of the city. Mackintosh has been inspired by the Asian design style that became more popular. Here the term Japonism found it’s birth.
Mackintosh combined simple forms and natural materials in unusual design inspired by the Japanese designs. His style: a contrast between strong right angles and floral-inspired decorative motifs with subtle curves.
This chair has also been called Hill House chair because Mackintosh developed this chair for the Hill House in Hellensburgh Scotland one of his most famous designs.