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Franco Albini Ottomans and Poufs

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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Creator: Franco Albini
Mid-Century Modern Vintage Rattan Pouf Stool Franco Albini attr Italy, 1950s
By Franco Albini
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A mid century modern vintage rattan pouf or stool, which was designed attributed to Franco Albini. Italy 1950s. The rattan pouf is very stable, although it looks like lightweight. F...
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Pair of Rattan Margherita Poufs Bouclé Fabric by Franco Albini, Italy, 1950s
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Iconic Franco Albini Woven Rattan Ottoman, 1960s
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Italian design by Franco Albini rattan ottoman.
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Franco Albini ottomans and poufs for sale on 1stDibs

1stDibs Franco Albini ottomans and poufs are available for sale. These distinctive items are frequently made of Natural Fiber and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Franco Albini ottomans and poufs, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. In-stock we have 5 vintage editions of these items, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many of the original ottomans and poufs by Franco Albini were created in Europe during the mid-20th century in the modern style of the mid-century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider ottomans and poufs by Gaetano Pesce, B&B Italia and Afra & Tobia Scarpa. Franco Albini ottomans and poufs can vary in price, size, time period and other attributes. 1stDibs's price starts at $690 and tops out at $2,822, while pieces like these can sell for $1,200 on average.

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