Luigi Caccia Dominioni’s iconic chairs for Azucena get a chromatic update
Azucena and Serapian collaborate to instill new life into Luigi Caccia Dominioni’s Catilina chair, a legendary design now updated with a distinctive leather mosaic motif
Italian furniture company Azucena joins forces with historical leather goods brand Serapian to bring new life to iconic Luigi Caccia Dominioni designs. Two companies based on sophisticated understatement and impeccable know-how, Serapian and Azucena share a commitment to excellence and craftsmanship.
Founded by Armenian-born Stefano Serapian in 1928, the luxury leather goods company became known in Milan for its hand-crafted, tailor-made bags and distinctive leather mosaic motif devised by Serapian himself. A few decades later, Azucena was born from an initiative by Caccia Dominioni, Ignazio Gardella and Corrado Corradi Dell’Acqua, who started the company in 1947 to edit the furniture collections they created for the buildings they had designed across Milan.
Azucena’s designs distill the trio’s architectural works into essentially formed chairs, sofas, tables and lamps, reflecting a refined approach to domestic spaces that merged modernity and tradition. The timeless furniture is defined by simple geometries, symmetry and contrasting material compositions, such as steel and velvet. In 2018, Azucena was acquired and relaunched by B&B Italia, keeping Caccia Dominioni’s work alive.
The stories of these unique historical companies are now joined in a special project, where the Serapian-designed mosaic adorns the Catilina chair, Azucena’s most successful and iconic design. Originally presented at the XI Milan Triennale in 1953, the chair was designed as a ‘domestic throne’ and it instantly became a design classic, still celebrated today. Giovanni Nodari Serapian, third-generation member of the Serapian family at the helm of the company’s bespoke atelier, adapted the decorative motif to appear on the cushion’s rounded edge, and developed a palette of black, red, teal and brown punctuated by graphic touches of fuchsia, mint, red, bronze and navy blue. The resulting collection demonstrates the design’s longevity and affirms Caccia Dominioni’s modern attitude to furniture and architecture. §