The Calligaris brand has made a name for itself internationally with outstanding furnishings of modern design and impeccable finishes. In 2007, L Capital, an investment fund managed by the LVMH Group acquired 40 percent of Calligaris ownership and implemented new strategies of expansion, communications, and sales. The company already had an output in High Point, North Carolina since 1998. In 2008, they opened their first flagship store in Milan, before expanding internationally into places like Paris or Berlin.
But the company’s history tells a story of hard work and determination. 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 had a solid wooden frame, a seat made of hand-braided straw and slightly curved legs. His apprentices were in charge of dyeing the straw with natural colors while a group of skilled women braided the seats.
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.
Some of the firm’s 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.
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. ■