The company was founded at the end of the nineteenth century by Giovanni Bonacina, initially dedicated to the activity of the canestraio, then extended to the creation of furnishings such as sofas and armchairs. Immediately appreciated by the contemporary architects, Bonacina had the opportunity to take care of the furnishing of important palaces such as Villa d’Este in Cernobbio. Vittorio Bonacina continued the activity, drawing great success from the collaboration with the first ferments of the nascent Italian design.
In those years were born real icons such as the Margherita and Gala armchairs by Franco Albini, the Ribbon armchair and sofa by Joe Colombo, the Palla and Foglia armchairs by Giovanni Travasa or Gio Ponti’s Continuum armchair. In the ’80s the company went under the management of Mario Bonacina and opened up to new materials such as wood and metal, always used in combination with the traditional rattan to multiply the expressive possibilities of designers.
Few years later, the company absorbed Pierantonio Bonacina, founded by another branch of the family and whose production was focused on the outdoor furniture. Today the Bonacina 1889 catalog also extends itself to outdoor spaces and is enriched with new products with a strong personality such as the Pallet sofa by Piero Lissoni and the Bikini chaise longue by Franco Bizzozzero, winner of the Compasso d’Oro.