The Milanese architect and designer recently designed the Italian brand’s first U.K. flagship in the swank Brompton Design District.
With such neighbbours as Boffi, B&B Italia and even Chanel, Cassina’s Brompton Road headquarters in London fits seamlessly into the neighbourhood. The furniture manufacturer enlisted the help of Piero Lissoni to reimagine the interior of a historic building set to house Cassina’s icons and contemporary pieces.
Lissoni stripped down the two-level space to uncover its original architecture. The grey-painted exposed brick walls are complemented by an oak angular staircase and oak flooring on the first floor (also in shades of grey), while matte cement finishes the lower level. On the first floor, Lissoni amped up the industrial-warehouse look by adding a caged area that can be closed off for meetings or special events.
As expected, Cassina’s ultra-modern works offset the raw interior. Suspended from the ceiling are lamps by Franco Albini, immediately recognizable by their fiery-red fabric cables and metal shades. Among the other items on display are Albini’s striking Veliero bookcase, first designed in 1940, put into production in 2011 and fawned over by Milan Design Week attendees that year; the new round dining table by Mario Bellini featuring three criss-crossing wood legs topped with glass; and Lissoni’s new modular sofa, Miloe.