Udine - Italy
It is the end of the Sixties, and Luigi Crassevig has gone through the extraordinary birch road leading to Scandinavia several times, always seeking new sensations and solutions to combine the classic styles of the past with modern and refined innovations, centred in home furnishing and creative use of wood. And on this road we defined our own style, in a harmonious union between what we used to be and what we wanted to become.
From 1969 to the present day, and over three generations, creative, imaginative spirit mixed with self belief produced the high quality tradition of Italian craftsmanship that has marked Crassevig’s name, with tables and chairs appreciated throughout the world and distinguished by their tight, functional form. The company good reputation is due to its unmatched skill and meticulousness in wood bending and to the cooperation with the world’s most prominent designers in order to give life to products designed for both commercial and domestic settings. If working with wood means taming nature and wedding it to human inclinations and habits, Crassevig has been acting in this direction for more than forty years.
The founder, Alfieri Crassevig, made a name for himself through his mastery of wood steam bending techniques. His son Luigi met and attracted the world’s foremost designers, and his chairs and tables feature an indubitable minimalist elegance. Today Francesco, Luigi’s son, leads the family business with the same intensity and taste for beauty and functionality, spreading Crassevig’s brand even into the world’s most prestigious buildings and venues.
Crafting wood, feeling its potential and transforming this into seats that seem to be created expressly for our bodies, has always oriented Crassevig towards an extremely functional approach to design– simple and essential shapes, characterised by a minimal style, that attract the eye through their very modesty. The great designers who played a major role in our story are the protagonists of this influential and incessant process of aesthetic minimalisation, as they made our creations ever more recognisable and absolute in form.
From the earliest days Crassevig tables and chairs have followed the philosophy of “Less is more”, the ultimate aesthetic mark of elegance. Because real elegance lies in essentiality.
Mixis collection by Mario Ferrarini
All their creations reveal a great eye for detail, because the details testify to the rigour of the productive process, the respect for the needs of an ever more demanding clientele, and the business ethic of those who claim to make the best of themselves. It is detail that makes “Made in Italy” an intrinsic value, and it is in the attention to the details, even in the most complex part of the design process, and in the combination of components and materials that lies Crassevig’s success.
Every symbol has a visible component, the signifier, and an invisible part, the signified or meaning. Focusing on chairs and tables, Crassevig has created signifiers - the shapes - with such an absolute and minimalist style that they merge with the meanings, - functions and needs - evident both in public spaces, from airports to university lecture rooms, and in private settings. Versatile symbols, authoritative symbols, necessary symbols.