Salone, viewed critically 04: Funny and Glossy
No, the past wasn’t more tinsel, things are still fun today. And while it the past it was only metal that glittered, while wood played modest, today the lacquers really gleam.
Via Panfilo Castaldi, 28
Francesco Binfaré born in 1939.
After having achieved his artistic education under his father's guide,he started working for Cassina in 1960.
At first as a researcher for new technologies then as Cesare Cassina's assistant for the new projects and for the realisation of prototypes.
From 1969 to 1976 he was the director of the Centro Cassina and nursed the creation of the classics of design such as "Up 5" by Gaetano Pesce (1969) and "AEO" by Paolo Deganello (1973).
In 1980 he created the Centro design e comunicazione for project development.
He is to be considered the midwife for the most important Cassina projects, such as "Wink" by Toshiyuki Kita (1980), "Tramonto a New York" (1980) and "Feltri" (1987) by Gaetano Pesce, "Torso" by Paolo Deganello.
After he left Cassina in 1991 he designed the matching sofa "L'Homme et la Femme" (1993), Tangeri (1994) and Angels (1996) for Edra; the armchair "Girotonda" in 1994 and the sofa "Grand'angolo" in 1995 for Adele C. Painting, which he still performs, is the main source of inspiration for his design. (source: Edra)