Visionnaire is a brand of Bologna-based company IPE srl, founded by the Cavalli family in 1959. Since April 2014, Visionnaire has entered the porftolio of Ergon Capital Partners III, the investment fund of Belgian baron Albert Frère.
IPE (Imbottiture Prodotti Espansi – expanded padded products) was founded by brothers Pompeo and Vittorio Cavalli in 1959 in Zola Predosa, a few miles away from Bologna. The Cavalli brothers broke ground with their unprecedented use of the soft yet extremely durable polyurethane, which at the time was used solely by automotive company Lancia for car seats padding. IPE was the first design company to adopt this method that revolutionized the construction system of their furniture creations. Traditional methods included springs, horsehair, and feathers among other materials. In 1959 the holding company launched their first sofas: Kosmo and Mercury. It is since its first edition in 1961 that the company participates at the Fiera Internazionale del Mobile in Milan. In the ‘70s, Vittorio Cavalli’s son, Luigi, joined the company who set his sights on developing new collections and international expansion. In the mid 80s, Luigi’s children Leopold and Eleonore joined the company: Leopold as CEO of the Group and Eleonore as Art Director and Head of Communications. The brothers along with their father launched Visionnaire in 2004 with the aim of offering their customers a new luxury interior decor concept closer to the world of fashion and lifestyle.
Visionnaire currently produces more than 2,500 articles, thanks to the collaboration of a team of Italian and world-renowned visionary designers. The brand offers total looks for important interior design projects, from private dream homes to public spaces such as hotels, restaurants and luxurious clubs, covering all living areas from living rooms to bedrooms, bathrooms & wellness rooms, kitchens & food rooms as well as outdoor areas. Its predisposition for tailor-made design and ability to offer exceptional solutions with authentic personality makes Visionnaire the ideal partner for “Contract Design” projects.
Visionnaire is present in more than 50 countries with 23 mono-brand stores (Baku, Shunde, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Wenzhou, Nanjing, Cairo, Dubai, Kiev, Bari, Milan (2), Bologna, Moscow, Singapore, Miami, Istanbul, Ho Chi Minh, Riyadh and London). It also operates through an extensive network of selected high-end multi-brand stores and luxury department stores, as well as working with some of the world’s best interior architects. During 2016, the brand has implemented an important plan of stores opening in Jeddah (Saudi Arabia), Teheran (Iran), Xiamen and X’ian in China.