Cassina has become the latest Italian design brand to be added to a national heritage register "to safeguard and enhance the value of manufacturing companies of excellence historically rooted in Italy".

Furniture brand Cassina was officially added to the list, called the Special Register of Historic Trademarks of National Interest, on 17 January 2022.

"We are extremely proud to have received this prestigious recognition of excellence, a symbol of our bond with Italian heritage," said Luca Fuso, CEO of Cassina.

"Becoming part of the Special Register of Historic Trademarks of National Interest is an important achievement for Cassina, a company whose DNA is defined not only by a great history but, most of all, by innovation and culture."

Cassina was founded in 1927 in Meda, by brothers Cesare and Umberto Cassina.

The company manufactures some of the most iconic furniture designs of the 20th century, such as the Utrecht Armchair by Gerrit Rietveld and the LC4 Chaise Longue by Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret and Charlotte Perriand.

It also produces contemporary designs by names such as Patricia Urquiola and Philippe Starck.