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Franco Albini

Italian, 1905-1977

While working under the polymath Gio Ponti — arguably the most important figure in 20th-century Italian modernism — furniture designer Franco Albini nurtured a love for modern forms combined with traditional craft techniques.

Albini is widely known for working with organic materials such as rattan and cane for his chairs and other seating, but he also played a pivotal role in the Italian rationalist movement of the early 20th century, which saw architects and furniture makers applying a strict emphasis on geometry in their work. Rationalists drew on Ancient Roman architecture but rejected ornament, much in the way that Le Corbusier and celebrated Bauhaus figures such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe had in their modernist furniture.

Albini received his degree in architecture from the Polytechnic University of Milan in 1929, and, in 1931, he founded his practice in Milan, where he tackled workers’ housing and other reconstruction projects. A gifted urban planner, he also developed the Palazzo Bianco, Palazzo Rosso and Tesoro di San Lorenzo museums in Genoa. While Albini is revered for his Margherita chair — a Triennale Milano award winner created for Bonacina in 1951 — he also collaborated with manufacturers Poggi and Cassina in the 1940s on seating, tables and more that embodied his artistic vision. Of that mid-century work, the one piece that perhaps best captures this vision is the iconic Luisa chair.

With its cherry red upholstery and sinuous wooden legs that seem to float aboveground, the Luisa is a genuine masterpiece. It is also a testament to Albini’s perfectionism, as it endured several prototypes — including one made by Knoll in the late 1940s — and took approximately 15 years to design. Poggi launched the final version of the armchair in 1955, earning Albini the prestigious Compasso d’Oro from Italy’s Association for Industrial Design. It is produced today by Cassina. Albini named the chair for someone who likely saw the process firsthand: his personal secretary of two decades, Luisa Colombini.

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LB7 Bookcase
LB7 Bookcase
Luisa Chair
Luisa Chair
Margherita Chair
Margherita Chair
Fiorenza Chair
Fiorenza Chair
Rosewood Veneered Pair of Wall Units by Franco Alibini, 1958
By Franco Albini
Located in Berlin, DE
A pair of elegant and modern wall units, with a decisive minimal design. Made of wood with rosewood veneer, freely hanging on the wall. Designed by influential designer Franco Albini...
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1950s Italian Modern Vintage Franco Albini

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Rosewood, Wood

Franco Albini Mid -Century Modern Rattan Pouf
By Franco Albini
Located in Chicago, IL
A Mid-Century Modern woven rattan pouf by Franco Albini in excellent condition.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Franco Albini

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Rattan

Arflex Fiorenza Armchair in Steelcut Red Fabric and Black Frame by Franco Albini
By Arflex, Franco Albini
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Symbol of comfort, Fiorenza armchair appears in Pirelli's 1950s advertisement as symbol of the foam rubber potential, considered at that time the most technologically advanced materi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Franco Albini

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Fabric

20th Century Franco Albini Table Model TL2 "Cavalletto" in Wood for Poggi '50s
By Franco Albini, Poggi
Located in Turin, Turin
Iconic table designed by the great italian maestro Franco Albini in '50s. The name of the model is TL2 but usually we better know this table as "Cavalletto" (in english "Trestle"). T...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Franco Albini

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Metal

Franco Albini for Poggi Pair of Cabinets in Teak
By Poggi, Franco Albini
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Franco Albini for Poggi, pair of cabinets, model MB51, teak, Italy, circa 1957. Well-designed pair of cabinets by Franco Albini for Poggi, which features a simplistic design with...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Franco Albini

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Teak

  • Franco Albini for Poggi Pair of Cabinets in Teak
  • Franco Albini for Poggi Pair of Cabinets in Teak
  • Franco Albini for Poggi Pair of Cabinets in Teak
  • Franco Albini for Poggi Pair of Cabinets in Teak
H 30.32 in. W 48.04 in. D 18.51 in.
20th Century Dark-Brown Italian Pair of Rattan Lounge Chairs by Franco Albini
By Franco Albini
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A dark-brown, vintage Mid-Century modern Italian pair of spindled lounge chairs made of hand crafted rattan, designed by Franco Albini in good condition. The seat backrest, arms of t...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Franco Albini

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Rattan

Franco Albini 1960 Rattan Cane & Bamboo Rocking Horse, Animal Sculpture Italy
By Franco Albini
Located in Miami, FL
Original Franco Albini Mid-Century Modern Rattan and Bamboo Rocking Horse, Animal Sculpture. Rattan and bamboo rocking horse core with basket weave seat. This horse brings joy to ...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Franco Albini

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Bamboo, Cane, Rattan

Set of Two Franco Albini Tre Pezzi Armchairs by Cassina
By Cassina, Franco Albini
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Armchair designed by Franco Albini in 1959. Relaunched in 2009. Manufactured by Cassina in Italy. In 1952, working with Franca Helg, his long-time assistant, Franco Albini designed ...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Franco Albini

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Metal

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