Like many of the best Italian design stories, the fate of the Maralunga was decided with overly expressive hand-gesture. The year was 1973. And Cesare Cassina was in heated conversation with Vico Magistretti about the shape and feel of what would go on to become the Maralunga sofa. Frustrated with the imperfect prototype in front of him, Cesare Cassina struck out at the sofa and the backrest drooped.
It was then that Magistretti had his Eureka moment. Approaching (somewhat gingerly given the look on Cassina’s face) he handled the sofa and murmured “Yes. It is better like this”. The idea of an adjustable headrest was born. Months of experimentation followed until the pair struck gold by embedding a bicycle chain deep within the generous foam cushions. Overnight, the sofa, a once static, tired object, was imbued with movement and life. It’s remained a classic of Italian design ever since.
Materials & Finishes
Steel frame. Base available available in light grey, beige comfort, black or American walnut. CFC free polyurethane foam and polyester padding. Seat cushions in polyurethane foam and polyester padding. Back with movable headrest which is instantaneously convertible from the low to the high position. Available online in Cassina's luxurious Perbacco fabric (6% cotton, 59% linen, 25% acrylic, 4% polyester, 6% nylon), Ortigia Velvet (100% cotton) or Pelle Scozia Leather.
NB: Further leather and fabric upholstery options available - please contact the showroom for more information.
Small Three Seater: W 238 x D 95 x H 72 - 100 cm
Large Three Seater: W 274 x D 95 x H 72 - 100 cm
Not all Cassina Furniture is available to buy online. However, the full range can be ordered via our London-based showroom where we have an array of Cassina Furniture on display. Please contact our design team on 020 8421 1779 if you require further information or to discuss the Chaplins Price Promise.
All the models in the Cassina collection, by merit of their artistic content and particular creative character, are protected by copyright, a legal institution that is universally recognised and safeguarded; legal protection is assured for the whole life-span of the author and for 70 years after his/her death (or the death of the last surviving co-author).
Year of design