The Superleggera, acknowledged by Gio Ponti himself as one of his three masterpieces (together with the Pirelli tower in Milan and the Co-Cathedral of Taranto) is a symbol of perfection and balance, with a triangular section of just 18 millimeters and a weight of only 1.7 kilos.
Created by Gio Ponti in collaboration with the children of Amedeo Cassina, the chair is the result of the architect’s research and experimentation, and the work of the company’s skilled craftsmen.
The activity of Cassina in the 1950s is closely connected to Gio Ponti, who worked in the company in close collaboration with Cesare Cassina from 1949 to about 1965.
The 699 Superleggera chair is still made today, in the woodworking division of the company in Meda.
MedaMade is a registered trademark that guarantees the quality and uniqueness of Cassina production in this city in Brianza.
Alongside the classic model in natural, black or white painted ash, with a rattan seat, variants are available from Cassina production in the 1950s, with colored padded seats in leather or removable fabric, as well as special models with a two-tone black and white painted structure, designed for exhibitions and never put into production.
For the chair’s 60th anniversary Cassina introduces a new variant in a limited edition (60 pieces) with a red structure and a seat covered with a reworked version of the Boxblocks fabric by the Dutch artist Bertjan Pot.