THE THEORY OF EVOLUTION

In 90 years, we have seen many changes at Calligaris, indeed, we ourselves have promoted change. We did so by designing and creating furniture and furnishing accessories ready to enter the most diverse of homes and find their place there, harmonizing with different styles, resulting in unique environments, as, deep down, all homes are.

Calligaris Smart Design

We can experiment, change and innovate because we know who we are and what our brand represents for those who choose it: a guarantee of quality and creativity at an accessible price, design that is contemporary, flexible, and intelligent.
CALLIGARIS IS:

  • RELIABLE a company based on a “can do” attitude and passion.
  • INGENIOUS it offers smart products, the brainchild of intelligent design.
  • ACCESSIBLE accessibility in terms of price, use and adaptability.
  • VITAL a colourful and well-designed universe that dictates the style of Italian furniture.

BEING SMART

What does “smart” mean for us?

Smart is harmony between technique and aesthetics, between reason and emotion, because each Calligaris piece encloses the know-how of our experienced designers and our creativity applied to contemporary living.

Simplicity becomes an added value which satisfies the desire to play with the volumes, the combinations, the colourings to create spaces that avoid a mass-produced feel and narrate the personality of those who inhabit them.

Smart is knowing how to live, the expression of a new sensibility, which prefers to choose what is right for ourselves and for our sensibilities without the intention either of conforming or of having to stand out. It is a knowing how to live that is reflected in everyday things, even small ones, and that helps us feel our best.

Expressing our own personality, recounting who we really are is a natural aspiration that finds in the home, in the spaces we live in, its pride of place. The home is the visible container of our tastes, passions, foibles; it is a place that represents us and therefore one in continuous transformation.

The smart design by Calligaris is a wide and articulate offering of functional furniture, with a style that’s not shouted but contemporary, which leaves room for each one’s sensitivity, pandering to tastes, mingling with other shapes, colours and materials in a game of endless possibilities.

History of Calligaris

Producing the Marocca

1923

Antonio Calligaris starts his small artisanal business by producing the “Marocca” chair, typical model of the Manzano area in Friuli.

Marocca Chair

The “Marocca”

It is characterised by a sturdy wooden frame, the hand-woven rush seat and the slightly curved legs. Apprentices were in charge of painting the rush using natural colours, while women were in charge of weaving the seats with their skillful hands.

1920-1960, THE FIRST PRODUCTIONS

The workshop of Antonio Calligaris organizes its production, bringing in wood from the surrounding mountains and straw from the Friulan lagoon.The apprentices of the workshop are entrusted with colouring the straw, dyed with natural pigments.The machines are few, the majority of the work is still done manually and it is mainly women who take care of weaving the seats and putting the finishing touches on the chairs.

1960-1980, CALLIGARIS IS AN INDUSTRY

The economic boom coincides with the modernization of the Calligaris family business: the firstautomatic straw weaver is installed. Calligaris has become an industry, the leader in a geographical area known worldwide as “the Chair District”, which begins to lay the groundwork for the conquest of other markets. In 1986, Alessandro Calligaris, the third generation of the family, takes over the Presidency of the company.

THE 90S, EXTENDING THE RANGE

Calligaris expands its range with complete furnishing solutions: chairs, tables, furniture, beds, sofas, furnishing and decorative accessories.

Wood is no longer the only material by which Calligaris measures its vocation to innovation, the company now also begins to work in metal, plastic, leather and glass.

In 1998, the company opens its first American subsidiary in High Point (North Carolina).

2000-2012: CALLIGARIS 2.0

The last decade has been crucial for Calligaris to establish itself as a truly international company.In 2007, Calligaris Group is 40% owned by L Capital, a private equity fund sponsored by the luxury giant LVMH, giving rise to anew strategy of branding, communication (traditional and digital) andretail.
In 2008 Calligaris opens its first Flagship Store in Milan, which is then followed in 2012 by a second one in Paris nel 2012.

2013

Calligaris’ ninety years is a new starting point for exploring and reworking the trends of contemporary living.For its anniversary, Calligaris is giving itself a NEW WEBSITE, A NEW SYSTEM of communication to end users and a retail network made up of 400 partners around the world including over 70 mono-brand stores.