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CALLIGARIS - Home Furniture.. ITALY

Who we are

We started out with just one chair in 1923. Today, with more than 800 catalogue products sold in 100 countries across the world, we can safely say that we made the right choice when we decided that Calligaris should be a company that keeps up with the times, perceiving the present with that sensitivity that allows for the most interesting and fruitful ideas to be transformed into furniture and decorative accessories ready to enter people's homes and find their place, creating unique spaces that speak volumes about their occupants.
It is a balance between technique and aesthetics, reason and emotion. A mixture of contemporary design and flexibility. That is how Calligaris has become an international brand that stands for quality and creativity. With a wide, well-structured range of functional furniture that is unmistakeably stylish and that leaves room for individual feelings, indulging tastes and blending with other shapes, colours and materials, for an infinite number of options.


 

We are Italian.

The good, the beautiful and the well made are all part of our DNA.
Starting from this innate gift comes naturally to us. But we couldn’t do what we do without a continuous effort to nurture our skills.
Each detail of our products comes from an effective teamwork by expert designers, architects, trendsetters, artisans and specialized employees. Out of this collaboration come sparks that are transformed into prototypes and then, at the end of a long testing and fine-tuning process, into products that will enter homes across the world.
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.
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 in the world

Distributed in 100 countries, Calligaris currently boasts more than 620 sales points and 3 flagship stores worldwide.
The stores offer a selection of the wide range of Calligaris furniture. Stores are located in strategic, highly trafficked areas of big cities.
Elegant, modern spaces, products that are not only beautiful and artistically created, but also functional, ergonomic and designed to simplify everyday life.
At Calligaris points of sale, an interactive totem displays images from the catalogue. Customers can browse the wide range of products, customising pieces with finishes that suit their style.


 

Our history

1923 - THE BIRTH OF THE COMPANY Calligaris was founded in Manzano, in the province of Udine, in 1923, starting out as a small artisan laboratory created by Antonio Calligaris. There he produced the MAROCCA chair, with its wooden frame and caned seat, a typical product for the area that would later become known as the “chair district”. The cut and assembly of the wooden parts was mainly entrusted to the men, while the caning was carried out by women who went to the customers' homes and, in roughly two hours, were able to complete one chair. 



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.
In the 1950s, Romeo inherited his father’s business and was able to further develop it, also thanks to the economic boom of the post-war period.


 
1960-1980: CALLIGARIS IS AN INDUSTRY
In the 60s, the economic boom coincides with the modernization of the calligaris family business: the business was passed on to the third Calligaris generation, to Alessandro and Walter, who put their faith in an automatic caning machine that could cane a seat in one minute and twenty seconds using synthetic fibres similar to straw.
In subsequent years, production capacity continued to grow and the business gradually transformed into a well-structured industrial company, leader in a geographical area known worldwide as "the chair district", which begins to lay the groundwork for the conquest of other markets.
Creation of the first catalog and the start of foreign exports. From that moment, Calligaris began to distribute its products to the final customer through dealers located across Italy and Europe.


 
1980-2000: FROM FIRM TO BRAND
In 1986, Alessandro calligaris, the third generation of the family, takes over the presidency of the company.
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 CELEBRATES 90 YEARS
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.


 
2014 CALLIGARIS IS 100% ITALIAN AGAIN
The Holding of the Calligaris family approves the purchase of the 40% of CALLIGARIS S.p.A., which had been sold in 2007 to L Capital, a private equity fund of the LVMH group.
Calligaris becomes even more Italian in a season that sees the shopping of our brands of fashion, design and luxury by foreign investors.
This for Calligaris marks a re-launch with a new phase of expansion, more than ever consistent with the history of a company that, since its founding in 1923, believes with confidence in the future and in Italy.


 
2018 - 95th ANNIVERSARY
Currently present in 100 countries with over 620 points of sale and 3 Flagship Stores, Calligaris will celebrate its 95th anniversary in truly global style. 2018 also promises to be a year rich of news with many new projects to be presented during the year.








 

Calligaris s.p.a. ITALIA

Sede Legale Via Trieste, 12 - 33044 Manzano (Udine) - Italia - P.IVA IT05617370969

ITALY

+39 0432 748211

+39 0432 742848

www.calligaris.biz