Over a century of beauty and quality
Since four generations, Bonacina 1889 has signed the most beautiful indoor and outdoor furniture in the world. It carries on a history of excellence, where the beauty is expressed, not only by shapes, but also in the harmonious use of natural material, su
The iden ty of Bonacina1889 originates from a material, ra an, from a family, Bonacina, and from a region, Brianza. For more than a century the company went along styles and trends to the me maintaining its quality and design characteris cs untouched and keeping in mind that trends are mere representa on and not the founda ons to base the company on. Today Vi orio Bonacina and Pierantonio Bonacina come together in Bonacina1889. The company remains faithful to the natural raw materials that mostly defined its culture while consolida ng the knowhow regarding the outdoor world, inherited from the recent acquisi on. Now as then, each piece is handcra ed by specialized ar sans who carefully and finely curve ra an canes, weave and bind rattan core and synthe c materials – such as Bopifil, Polypeel, Polycore, Krilon and Rolon – giving birth to architects and designers projects, carrying out an interna onal divulga ve process.
Looks at the future
The fourth genera on, relying on its heritage, looks at the future evolving and innova ng constantly with dynamic and passionate spirit. Giovanni Bonacina started his business in 1889 in Lurago d’Erba, located in a hilly, fer le part of the area north of Milan known as Brianza, combining two tradi onal cra s prac ced in the area, basketry and furniture making, using the local materials reed and cane, with ra an from Southeast Asia. His hard work and experience produced excellent results, and his efforts were rewarded with awards in interna onal exposi ons and numerous important commissions. His son Vi orio carried on and built upon what his father had passed down, taking the company yet another step forward. With an eye on the revolu on in design and art that was taking place in the 1950’s, and a new era in the company’s future design, made possible by the winning combina on of produc on experience the visionary collabora on with talented design ers, and a shared willingness to push the materials and shapes into new expressive forms. Bonacina1889 dis nguished itself again and again.
Very high formal and aesthetic quality
Meanwhile, Mario Bonacina, Vi orio’s son, was growing as a designer and as an inspired heir to the family’s company name. With the assurance of the success of the past two genera ons he found himself in the unique posi on of taking the company towards the future by reproposing selected historic pieces in updated ways and by con nuing to work with important designers in innova ve ways. In step with the mes, he emphasized the ecological sustainability of the materials used while carrying on the highly crea ve and refined work for which the company is known. About twenty years ago Antonia Proserpio, Mario’s wife, brought her skills, style and grace to the mix and established her invaluable place in the thriving company. The commitment to excellence means the best materials and skilled, experienced cra smanship. In design you have to start out with a deep knowledge of your raw materials: Ra an embody strength, vitality and fluidity. It is an ecologically sustainable, natural and renewable resource. Whether applying a wide range of waterbased, appealing and modern colors, or op ng for natural finishes and tones, the material is enhanced– and almost seems to breathe. Bonacina1889’s ar sans show mastery in the techniques they use. Each piece is made by hand and they make it look easy. By simply using the basic elements of nature, water and fire, in combina on with their infallible experience with rattan and ra an core, they give shape to excellence having the pa ence to find themselves intelligent, essen al and aesthe c solu on, in both the designing and manufacturing phases. This fascina ng process allows the crea on of func onal and beau ful pieces of furniture that are always a delight to live with and are both
meless and of its me. The family’s and the company’s commitment is both simple and complex a paradox. A successful family business is based upon belief your family’s way of thinking, working and rela ng to others. It is a result of inves ng in your place of origin, while at the same me understanding you are part of a larger context. It is a natural mix of respect for the past, crea ve enthusiasm in the present, and vision towards the future. A par al list of recent clients include: The White House, Washington DC, USA designer Michael Smith; Palazzo Margherita; Francis Ford Coppola family, Bernalda, Basilicata, Italy; Hotel Caruso, Ravello, Italy; Le Sirenuse, Positano, Italy; Hotel La Mirande, Avignon, France; Grand Hotel a Villa Feltrinelli, Gargnano, Italy; Casinò Royal, Melbourne, Australia; Ristorante Giacomo Arengario, Museo del Novecento, Milano, Italy. As result of growing up in a family business and having enhanced his crea ve sensibility by studying interior design, Elia Bonacina takes his place in the company in 2012 designing ERIS © . Star ng from a strong company and brand that is, as a ma er of fact, leader in the design of ra an furniture, Elia decides not to se le, but to make a difference rather than passively enjoy his family success. Thanks to his sense of the interna onal financial world he takes ac on as soon as he can by planning the acquisi on of the Pierantonio Bonacina Brand, which was in turn created by another branch of the Bonacinas’ family. At the end the combina on of passion and skills, is the very core of this family company which remains meless when confronted to the passing of styles, fashion and the genera onal turnover. Vi orio Bonacina by acquiring the brand Pierantonio Bonacina brings together two historical en es of the design world and creates Bonacina1889 s. r. l. The collec ons that iden fied both companies through the years will con nue to be the core business of Bonacina1889 s. r. l. while keeping researching and innovating.
Poltrona (armchair) Superelas ca © , designers Marco Zanuso Jr, Giuseppe Raboni