The Calligaris Story
In 1923, Antonio Calligaris founded his small artisanal furniture business with the "Marocca" chair, distinguished by gently curved wood legs and a handwoven rush seat. For decades, the company continued to specialize in handmade wood furniture, until strides in manufacturing automation as well as a proliferation of new materials--metals, plastics, glass, fabrics--helped Calligaris to expand the variety of its contemporary furniture and improve the speed with which it was made. Today, the extensive line of Calligaris chairs, tables, living room and bedroom furniture is found in modern homes worldwide.
Why We Love Calligaris Furniture
Calligaris is more than 90 years old, and shows no signs of slowing down. The company owes its long, successful life to its ability to adapt to change, as well as its dedication to innovate and cause some change of their own. And they are dedicated to do both smartly (their motto is "Italian Smart Design"), with a balance between form and function, reason and emotion. To keep the Calligaris collection fresh, the company works with a range of independent designers in addition to its own in-house design team.
A Fun Fact About Calligaris
The Calligaris logo is a woodpecker. Such a creature is meant to recall the company's origins in wood. The bird's inherent industriousness also evokes Calligaris's own focus and dedication to its vocation, in this case the design and production of high-quality modern furniture. And at the 2016 Milan Fair, Calligaris introduced its Connubia line of tables and chairs with the same focus on craftsmanship and quality.
Noteworthy Products by Calligaris
The family of Bloom chairs shows just how far Calligaris has progressed from that first humble wood chair. Yes, one of them has a wood base, but the Bloom seat is a super-smooth shell of molded polycarbonate. The Match family of home furnishings, occasional tables and office furniture has a fun, retro look, but is made to accommodate very contemporary needs. The tables are designed like puzzle pieces, to fit together and overlap with each other to create one-of-the-kind centerpieces in the living room.