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The Deal: Classics and mavericks 30% off at Cassina

September 28, 2010 | 10:36 am

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Cassina, the manufacturer of sleek contemporary designs and classic furniture by Scottish Arts and Crafts designer Rennie Mackintosh, 1930s Dutch architect Gerrit Rietveld and Italian midcentury modernist Gio Ponti, is having a storewide sale. The Los Angeles store is offering more than 30% off all merchandise (excluding pieces by Le Corbusier) through Oct. 5. 

Despite the good discount, unless you've been saving up for that one special piece, it will set you back a few mortgage payments or rent checks. Among the home furnishings being reduced are high-impact pieces such as the Feltri chair by the incredibly inventive Gaetano Pesce, above. 

Designed in 1987, this chair still looks futuristic -- like a petrified sleeping bag -- and is thoroughly in step with the trend of re-imagined wing chairs and 21st century hand crafting. The base of Feltri is made from wool felt impregnated with polyester resin to lend more support. The seat is sewn into the frame with hemp strings that are used to create a whipstitch trim around the edges. The flared back stands up to create a modern take on the wing chair, but the soft material also can be rolled down like a collar. 

The chair comes in two sizes and a variety of colors. The low-back version lists for $5,953 and is $4,036 during the sale; the high-back normally is reduced from $6,419 to $4,352.  01 Petalo_colour  

Another cool design is Charlotte Perriand's Petalo nesting tables, right. The five tables of varying heights have metal legs and lacquered tops. They were designed in 1951 but never put into production. They are reduced from nearly $6,874 to $4,660. 

Cassina, 8815 Beverly Blvd.; (310) 278 3292

-- David A. Keeps

Photo credit: Cassina