The designer, Franco Albini

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1905 – 1977, was an Italian Neo-Rationalist  architect, designer and university instructor in design.

Franco Albini Was The Inspiration For A Unique Mid-Century Furniture Collection

A native of Robbiate, near Milan, Albini obtained his degree in architecture at Politecnico di Milano University in 1929 and began his professional career working for Gio Ponti.

He started displaying his works at Milan Triennale 

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1930 he opened his own practice.

Through his creations, the modern furniture design merged the Italian traditional artisanship with the new forms of modernism.

In his creations, he used raw, inexpensive materials.


He exploited the very skilled Italian craftsmanship.

This also meant an elegant design based on a minimalist aesthetic.

One of his first successful works in 1939 was a radio, encased in glass, so to show its internal components.

The stereo cabinet that Franco Albini designed for his own house was made as a pushback against the ordinariness of mass produced objects. The transparent enclosure is meant to symbolize it’s separation from the physical world and spoke to the time it was produced in 1938, just a few years before the accepted start of the mid-century period. Italy was under the grip of the fascist prime minister Benito Mussolini and the country was trudging forward towards World War II. This was the first design of its kind, and is one of the most impressive designs by Albini.

1928 Albini designed the now-iconic Albini Desk, combining steel, glass and wood with a striking minimalistic balance, and introduced by  Knoll in 1949.

Canapo – Cassina, 1945
Canapo, Chaise longue – Cassina, 1945

1950 he designed the famous and fashionable Margherita and Gala chairs, made of woven cane.

Margherita – Bonacina, 1951
Margherita armchair – Bonacina, 1951

1952 he created the Fiorenza armchair for  Arflex.

Fiorenza – Arflex, 1952
Re-design of a chair designed by Franco Albini in 1939

1955 the Luisa chair

Luisa – Poggi, 1955
Luisa, Armchair original leather by Poggi, 1955

 1956 the Rocking chaise for Poggy.

Roking chair

1960s he worked on industrial design as well as important architectural projects.

1961 he designed the Rome Rinascente building.

1964 he designed with Franca Helg and Bob Noorda  the 

 subway stations, and from 1969 also Milan Metro Line 2 subway stations.

1964 the television set he created for Brionvenga was displayed at the Milan Triennial XIII.

In the same year, he created various lamps for Arteluce.

Albini worked for companies including Brionvega, Cassina, Arflex, Arteluce and Poggi.

He was also an architect and interior designer.

Among others, in 1945 he created the Zanini Fur Shop located in Milan.

1945-1946 as writer and editor, he worked for the Italian magazine Casabella .


In the 1950s and 1960s he taught interior design at the Venice School of Architecture (Università Iuav di Venezia).

1963-1977 he taught design at Milan Polytecnic (Politecnico di Milano).

Albini obtained three Compasso d’Oro awards, the most prestigious Italian design prize.

Publicado por ilabasmati

Licenciada en Bellas Artes, FilologÍa Hispánica y lIiteratura Inglesa.

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