Calligaris: Furnishings with an Italian Seal

Nicholas Sterling

Founded 90 years ago, Calligaris continues to create furnishings with unmatched modern design and impeccable workmanship.

In 1923, Antonio Calligaris launched his small workshop with the introduction of Marocca, a chair typical of the area around Manzano in Friuli, Italy. The chair boasts a solid wooden frame, a seat made of hand-braided straw and slightly curved legs. His apprentices handle dyeing the straw with natural colors while a group of skilled women braided the seats.


Today, over 90 years later, the firm is internationally known for their modern designs and impeccable workmanship. In 2007, L Capital, a private equity fund sponsored by the luxury giant LVMH acquired 40 percent of Calligaris, introducing new marketing, communication and sales strategies. In 1998, Calligaris debuted its first US subsidiary in High Point, North Carolina. Later, in 2008, it opened its first flagship store in Milan, Italy, which was followed by the Paris shop in 2012. And more recently, in May 2015, the Calligaris Group opened its flagship store in Berlin, Germany.

In recent years, the Italian company has expanded its product range with new models of chairs, tables, beds, sofas and decorative accessories. Wood is no longer the sole protagonist, and other materials—such as metal, plastic, leather and glass—are being used to produce practical and innovative furnishings with a clear Nordic influence. More design and interior decoration advice.


Some of the firm’s most recent creations are real gems of design. One example is the Electa rotating chair, a unique item that guarantees significant comfort thanks to its high back and wide wraparound ergonomic seat. This magnificent chair, perfect for living rooms, studies, and bedrooms is made of steel and polyurethane. It allows a 360-degree rotation, and its upholstery is available in different choices of high-quality fabrics and leathers.

Another exemplary piece is the Alameda modular sofa— a sophisticated reinterpretation of the classic couch— which boasts voluminous upholstery, straight lines, and slightly rounded corners. Unique details—including edges with visible stitching and a choice of fabric and leather colors—make it a striking and elegant sofa.


Additionally, you have the Supersoft bed, an original, casual and practical model. It is particularly suitable for those suffering from allergies. Its curved lines and a generously padded headboard are upholstered with a removable stain-resistant and antibacterial fabric.

Calligaris’ vast furniture selection also includes the Orbital table, a contemporary model by Pininfarina, which combines avant-garde design and technology. The table boasts an ingenious opening mechanism that allows it to expand to accommodate ten people. The base—a column of polyurethane—offers excellent stability while delivering a stylish punch. With its laminated ceramic glass surface, this beautiful table provides excellent durability, is easy to clean and, beyond its practical function, becomes a beautiful decorative piece.

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