Agapecasa Expands the Cavalletto System

Agapecasa, the brand created by Agape to reissue Angelo Mangiarotti’s original designs, expands the Cavalletto system, a series designed in the 1950s by the great master with Bruno Morassutti, now exclusively produced by Agapecasa as the Mangiarotti Collection.


Cavalletto system - Cavalletto daybed and Cavalletto shelves and storage units
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Cavalletto shelves and storage units and Cavalletto chair
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An iconic design in its coherence and innovative charge, it has been carefully preserved in its theoretical, compositional, and formal originality through the passionate study of the Mangiarotti Archives.

A furniture system with ingenious versatility, Cavalletto dates back to 1953. The idea is to make all-wood furniture that is easily modular, based on a single construction principle that allows it to be assembled, disassembled, and remodeled with extreme flexibility to create a coherent design environment each time. Thanks to the characteristic upside-down “V”-shaped element, which can be overlapped by dovetail joints, Cavalletto accommodates shelves and storage units by locking and holding them in place. Today, Agapecasa also uses other system components from the Mangiarotti Archives, all based on the principle of interlocking joinery that does not require screws and bolts.


Cavalletto daybed and bedside table
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Cavalletto coffee table
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Cavalletto system
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Cavalletto daybed - detail
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Cavalletto daybed - detail
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The daybed can be paired at cushion height with the side table element that serves as a nightstand and tabletop. The flap door module and the drawer module, complete with three drawers with solid wood handles, can be set up either independently or integrated with the other elements. The square coffee table (80x80cm) has inverted “V” elements on three sides, and can be attached through these to any other element in the Cavalletto collection to compose potentially endless modular sequences.

With Cavalletto, Agapecasa continues to recite the poetry of materials that Angelo Mangiarotti combines with bold functionality. A timeless icon, testifying to the design culture of a multifaceted figure who was able to create powerful syntheses between coherence and beauty, between ethics and aesthetics.


Agapecasa is the result of Agape’s passion for design culture and longstanding collaboration
with Angelo Mangiarotti. The brand was created to reissue timeless, original pieces by one of the 20th century’s most multifaceted and interesting masters of Italian design and architecture. The Agapecasa collection includes tables, chairs, bookcases, and vases. Like all Angelo Mangiarotti’s works, these pieces are the quintessence of good design: in his timeless furnishings, matter, form, technology, and thought merge into a coherent and inseparable whole.