Leggera Outdoor Chair
The Leggera moves outside as part of its evolution as a flagship product between Gio Ponti and Cesare Cassina in a version crafted with a cutting-edge technique, used here for the first time. Gio Ponti’s wood version challenged the experience and skills of the Cassina joinery to pare the chair’s structure down to its essence. Similarly, it was challenging for this new steel version to have the same lightness and purity of archetype. Cassina borrowed a new technique from a Formula One automotive production process and hydroforming, preserving its distinctive aesthetics and emblematic lightness. Unlike the traditional casting techniques, this intricate method expands the thin curved tubular steel from its interior outward to give the structure its shape. In a series of processes, each tube is inserted into a closed mold and then pressed and molded, filling out its form. The individual components are then carefully welded together.
Leggera Outdoor comes in three colors: ivory, mud, and green. The seat comes in the mud color mud or woven cord, with the option to add an upholstered seat and backrest cushions.
Thanks to work carried out by Cassina LAB, the Leggera Outdoor chair can be completely disassembled and all of its components recycled at the end of the product’s life cycle, in a more eco-friendly, respectful approach to the environment.
The Milanese polymath Gio Ponti believed that the quickest path to beauty was simplicity. This, in itself, was a radical idea, but the hundred buildings in 13 countries Ponti built in his 87 years proved him right. His style promoted comfort and emphasized a lightness of spirit and material. Never one to rest on his laurels, Ponti also founded and directed the legendary Domus magazine, which changed the course of 20th Century design by introducing a generation of Italian designers to the work and ideas of Le Corbusier, Mies Van der Rohe, Marcel Breuer, and Charles and Ray Eames.
But this impact of his own work remains profound. His most famous skyscraper, the Pirelli Tower, took the au courant concrete-and-curtain wall block and faceted its sides, almost forming a smile. His residences often eschewed walls of glass for floating facades that illuminated like movie screens. Most of all, his industrial design embodied an unfussy faith in sensuality: his 1948 La Pavoni espresso machine curves in all the right places, as do his mid-century perfume bottles of Murano glass made in collaboration with Piero Fornasetti. Most successful of all remains is Superleggera Chair for Cassina, with a frame that bends backwards to soothe the sitter and a cane seat so lightweight a child could lift it, and did, in its joyful ad campaign.