Italian brand Cassina has announced a new collaboration with designer Jaime Hayon, inspired by the organic shapes of Le Corbusier’s architecture. The Réaction Poétique Collection comes as a commemoration of the 50 years since Le Corbusier passed away, and includes four table centrepieces, a tray made up of two coffee bean shapes and two small side tables, all rigorously produced in solid ash-wood stained black with a low-gloss finish.
The Réaction Poétique Collection remains true to Cassina’s well-established heritage in working with wood, where skilled hand-craftsmanship is combined with industrial innovation. These items are branded with the Cassina logo and accompanied by their own identity card to guarantee the authenticity of each single piece. They are also presented in a special packaging to highlight the inimitable quality of the project.
I wanted to create useful objects for the modern home such as trays and side tables, but with sculptural elements interplaying forms, light and shadow. It was a very strict, almost religious challenge to use only one material and one finish, exercising my design philosophy. I feel this restriction actually became an opportunity to showcase the beauty of the wood, along with the expert mastery of Cassina’s carpentry workshop.
As well as the commemoration of the 50 years since Le Corbusier passed away, this year Cassina celebrates the 50th anniversary of the LC Collection (Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret, Charlotte Perriand) with a series of cultural events and product innovation. The Collections will be presented at this year’s Salone del Mobile, alongside a special documentary in partnership with SkyArte HD: “Le Corbusier 50, stories of encounters that have revolutionised design”.
*All images and information courtesy of Cassina.