The birch road

Before we start our story, we would like to tell you of our journeys to Scandinavia. 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.
 
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Storia

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 story we are creating

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.

The shapes we believe in

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.

Less is more

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.

Making the best of ourselves

All our 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.

Symbols and meanings

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.

 
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1969
Crassevig is born in Corno di Rosazzo, near Udine. The foundation of the company is followed by the birth of the most sophisticated techniques for wood bending and working in design.

1971
The first design item: Johan, the solid ash coat hanger created by Giovanni Offredi. An extraordinary example of expertise in wood bending.

1973
Luciano Svegliado creates the curved Crassevig logo.

1977
Crassevig is the first non-Scandinavian company to be admitted to the Copenhagen Furniture Fair and to establish itself in the Scandinavian kingdom of design.

1979
The Arca chair, designed by Gigi Sabadin, receives a nomination for the Compasso d’Oro Award.

1982
Gigi Sabadin designs Giotto, the square table that can be extended on four sides to become round.

1987
Grafite Design’s 2H table and HB chair receive a nomination for the Compasso d’Oro award.

1989
Gina e Ginotta, two chairs created from the pencil of Enrico Franzolini, conquer the international market with their elegance and femininity.

1991
Crassevig changes name and logo. But the essence stays the same.

1994
Asia, designed by Enrico Franzolini, is the first chair with metallic shell and base. Nominated for the Compasso d’Oro award in 1996, it keeps representing a stylistic and functional point of reference.

1996
Anna is born, from a project of Ludovica and Roberto Palomba, a chair whose perfect wood curvature makes it extremely light.

2001
Ludovica and Roberto Palomba find further success with Alis, an advanced system of stacking side chairs and armchairs.

2002
Crassevig is on the set for the new catalogue. Countryside setting, in the old family house. A horse wandering nearby happens to be photographed. The catalogue becomes known as the “horse catalogue”.

2004
Our first 30 years at the Milan Furniture Fair.

2006
Ton Haas designs Nett, a chair characterised by a precise network effect achieved with coloured nylon and fibreglass.

2010
Patrick Nourget dreams up a light, basket-like structure made of 26 different rods. The Stem chair is born.