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Franco Albini Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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
Franco Albini LB7 bookcase for Poggi Pavia, Italy, 1950s
By Poggi, Franco Albini
Located in Chiavari, Liguria
The LB7 bookshelf, designed by Franco Albini in 1957, is crafted from die-cast aluminum, rosewood, and brass. This iconic piece, a symbol of Italian design, has been imitated countle...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Franco Albini Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Aluminum, Brass

Franco Albini for Bonacina Bamboo and Rattan Corner Etagere, Italy 1960s
By Franco Albini, Bonacina
Located in Naples, IT
Rattan corner shelf by Franco Albini for Bonacina, Italy 1960, made with bamboo canes and wavy edge. Very good condition.
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Franco Albini Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Bamboo, Wicker, Rattan

Franco Albini Stunning wood MB15 Sideboard for Poggi, Italian Design 1950s
By Poggi, Franco Albini
Located in Milan, IT
Modern sideboard by Franco Albini for Poggi - 1950s Italy. This design features a simplistic aesthetic with sharp lines. It has four compartments with doors. The sculptural legs giv...
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1950s Italian Vintage Franco Albini Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Wood, Walnut

Sideboard with Bar Element by Franco Albini, Italy, 1930s
By Franco Albini
Located in Greding, DE
Large four-door sideboard designed by Franco Albini in the 1930s. The Art Deco sideboard is veneered on all sides and fitted with chrome half-moon handles and set off by means of ver...
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1930s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Franco Albini Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Maple

LB7 Bookshelves, Franco Albini for Poggi, 1960
By Franco Albini
Located in Milano, Lombardia
The LB7 "Infinito" bookcase by Franco Albini for Poggi is an iconic creation of 1950s Italian design. This bookcase, designed in 1957, bears Albini's distinctive signature with its c...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Franco Albini Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Teak

Franco Albini for Poggi Cabinet in Teak
By Poggi, Franco Albini
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Franco Albini for Poggi, cabinet, model MB51, teak, Italy, circa 1957. This exquisitely designed cabinet by Franco Albini for Poggi epitomizes simplicity with its sharp, clean line...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Franco Albini Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Teak

"Lb7" Bookcase by Franco Albini for Poggi Marked
By Franco Albini, Poggi
Located in Rovereta, SM
library, Franco Ablini for Poggi, Italy, 1950. Elegant Franco Albini library or room divider. Shelves and units can be adjusted or put in differ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Franco Albini Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Wood

Late 20th Century Fish Trap Basket Tables in the Style of Franco Albini
By Franco Albini
Located in Elkton, MD
Rattan Fishing Basket Side/End Tables in Style of Franco Albini. Original beautiful round side tables with glass tops.
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Late 20th Century Unknown Mid-Century Modern Franco Albini Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Bamboo, Glass

20th Century Franco Albini for Poggi Wooden Cabinet mod. MB15
By Franco Albini, Poggi
Located in Turin, Turin
Franco Albini (1905-1977) lived in Milan where he stuied Architecture at the Politecnico. He started his career at Gio Ponti's studio, with whom he collaborated before getting in tou...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Franco Albini Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Wood

Italian Franco Albini for Poggi Sideboard
By Franco Albini, Poggi
Located in Hudson, NY
An Italian model MB 51 sideboard designed by Franco Albini for Poggi. Made of solid teak with a minimalist design and sharp lines.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Franco Albini Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Teak

Franco Albini Rosewood Mid-Century Modern “LB7” Modular Bookcase for Poggi, 1957
By Poggi, Franco Albini
Located in Vicenza, IT
LB7 bookcase, designed by Franco Albini and manufactured by Poggi in 1957. Modular bookstore composed by upholds, containers with flying and doors, shelve. The industrial standard for every product component allows permanent and different solutions, from the bearing structures to the elements. The structure does not need anchorages to the wall and can be placed in the middle of the space. This set is composed of 3 modules, ten shelves, and three containers. It is made of Rosewood, iron, and brass. Excellent vintage condition. Franco Albini was born in Robbiate in 1905, and after his childhood and part of his youth, he moved to Milan. He graduated at Politecnico of Milan, Faculty of Architecture, in 1929, and He collaborated for three years in Giò Ponti and Emilio Lancia’s office. He probably had his international contacts here, at The International Exposition of 1929 in Barcelona and Paris, where he visited le Corbusier’s office, as Franca Helg used to tell. Throughout these first three years, his works were undoubtedly related to XIXth Century. His meeting with Edoardo Persico marks an evident turnover towards rationalism and writers for “Casabella” magazine. Persico’s thoughtful and ironical comments on some of Albini’s drawings for office furniture caused him deep upsetting. “I spent days of real anxiety – tells Albini – I had to answer all questions. I had a long fever”. The new phase that the meeting provoked begins with opening his own first office at Via Panizza with Renato Camus and Giancarlo Palanti. The group of Architects starts taking care of social housing, participating in the competition for the Baracca neighborhood in 1932, and then realizing the Ifacp neighborhood: Fabio Filzi (1936/38), Gabriele D’Annunzio, and Ettore Ponti (1939). During those years, He also worked for his first private villa (Pestarini). It is mainly in the context of exhibitions that the Italian architect experiments the compromise between rigor and poetic fantasy that Pagano was talking about; He conceived all the elements that would become recurrent in all types of his work – Architecture, Interiors, Design. The 1933 opening of the new Triennale of Milano, in Palazzo dell’Arte, becomes an occasion to express the highly innovative character of rationalist thinking. In this place, to experiment with new materials and solutions, but most of all a “method”. Young rationalist architects cultivated the art of exhibiting as a communication lab, an open field to space solutions. Albini, with Giancarlo Palanti, sets the steel structure house (with R. Camus, G. Mazzoleni, G. Minoletti and coordination by G. Pagano) designing also its furniture. For the next Triennale in 1936, marked by Persico’s early death, Franco Albini, together with a group of young architects around Pagano, takes care of the exhibition of Dwelling, where he presented 3 types of lodgings. In the same year, Albini and Romano design the exhibition for Ancient Italian jewelry: vertical uprights, simple linear poles design space. This element is recurring in other works, like the Scipione exhibition (1941), Vanzetti stand (1942), and Olivetti shop in Paris (1956). The architectural space is readable through a grid, introducing a third dimension, the vertical one, with a sense of lightness and transparency. Upright is also used in design objects, such as the Veliero bookcase...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Franco Albini Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Brass, Iron

Franco Albini "Infinito" Wall Unit for Cassina
By Cassina, Franco Albini
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Franco Albini wall unit for Cassina, c.2010s Italy. This modular shelving system, first designed in the 1950s, was relaunched in 2008 and feat...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Franco Albini Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Teak

Mid-Century Modern "Lb7" Bookcase by Franco Albini for Poggi, Italy, 1950s
By Franco Albini
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-Century Modern "Lb7" Bookcase by Franco Albini for Poggi, Italy, 1950s Height is adjustable
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Franco Albini Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Wood

Mb 48 Wood Case Piece by Franco Albini for Poggi, Italy, 1960s
By Franco Albini, Poggi
Located in Milan, IT
Mb 48 Case piece by Franco Albini for Poggi. Capable modular piece to be used standing alone or connected to more elements of the same project.
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1960s Italian Vintage Franco Albini Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Wood

Knoll Albini Desk, Vintage 1990s Model
By Knoll, Franco Albini
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Knoll Albini Desk, Vintage 1990s Model A vintage 1990s Knoll Albini desk, a timeless piece of furniture that pays homage to the minimalist design ethos of Franco Albini's iconic 1928 desk. This 48-inch wide by 26-inch deep desk...
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Late 20th Century American Modern Franco Albini Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Chrome

Franco Albini Bookcase Infinito Wall for Cassina, Italy, new
By Cassina, Franco Albini
Located in Berlin, DE
Prices vary dependent on the chosen size and material. Available in: natural ash, black stained ash, American walnut. Different elements and sizes of the bookcase are available, too. Please get in touch. An extremely functional design wall bookcase designed by Franco Albini combines tradition and modernity in an ongoing dialog between materials and technologies. Designed in 1958 after the Infinito double-sided bookcase, Infinito Wall...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Franco Albini Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Wood

Franco Albini, Pair of "MB15" sideboards for Poggi, Italy 1957
By Franco Albini
Located in Argelato, BO
Franco Albini, MB15 sideboard for Poggi, Italy 1957 The two cabinets are one of the most iconic and representative projects of the famous Italian architect and designer Franco Albin...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Franco Albini Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Wood

Franco Albini Infinito Modular Bookcase
By Franco Albini
Located in Milano, IT
Franco Albini (1905-1977) Infinito original book unit. Large modular bookcase made up of 6 vertical uprights, container elements with hinged doors and lo...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Franco Albini Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Teak

Mid-Century Modern Sideboard MB15 by Fanco Albini for Poggi, Italy, 1950s
By Franco Albini
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-Century Modern Sideboard MB15 by Fanco Albini for Poggi, Italy, 1950s
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1950s Vintage Franco Albini Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Wood

Mid-Century Modern Small Sideboard MB15 by Fanco Albini for Poggi, Italy, 1950s
By Franco Albini
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-Century Modern Small Sideboard MB15 by Fanco Albini for Poggi, Italy, 1950s
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1950s Vintage Franco Albini Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Wood

20th Century Franco Albini for Poggi Cabinet Mod. MB15 in Wood, 1950s
By Poggi, Franco Albini
Located in Turin, Turin
Franco Albini (1905-1977) lived in Milan where he stuied Architecture at the Politecnico. He started his career at Gio Ponti's studio, with whom he collaborated before getting in tou...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Franco Albini Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Wood

1950 Desk "Model 80" by Franco Albani for Knoll, 1949-1954
By Franco Albini
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Minimalist desk Franco Albini for Knoll International, European mid-century modern desk from the 1950s. Authentic "model 80" desk - 1949 - 1954. Rare first version with the X-shape...
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1950s Italian Vintage Franco Albini Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Metal

Franco Albini Veleiro Bookcase, Wood by Cassina
By Cassina, Franco Albini
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Bookcase designed by Franco Albini in 1940. Relaunched in 2011-19. Manufactured by Cassina in Italy. Defying the laws of physics, going beyond what we normally understand by the ...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Franco Albini Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Metal

Franco Albini Bookcase; a Masterpiece of Italian Craftsmanship and Design
By Franco Albini, Cassina
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Introducing the remarkable Veliero Bookcase, designed by the renowned Franco Albini in 1940 and relaunched by Cassina in Italy between 2011 and 2019. This exceptional wooden bookcase challenges the laws of physics, showcasing Cassina's unparalleled design and construction capabilities while preserving the minimal, linear aesthetics of the original design. A testament to the designer's ability to create innovative and functional furniture pieces, the Veliero Bookcase appears to defy gravity, giving the impression that the books and objects placed on it are floating in mid-air. The Veliero bookcase is a contemporary interpretation of the 1940 one-of-a-kind piece that Albini created for his own Milan home. With its striking, experimental design, this modern masterpiece has earned its status as a work of art, as magical and captivating today as it was when first introduced. Elevate your home or art collection with the Franco Albini Veliero...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Franco Albini Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Metal

Franco Albini 4-Unit Shelving System for Poggi, Italy 1960
By Franco Albini
Located in Amsterdam, NL
A beautiful, 4-unit wide shelving system desined by Franco Albini, manufactured by Poggi in Italy around 1960. This large piece is made of high quality dark stained wood with bras...
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1960s Italian Vintage Franco Albini Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Metal

Franco Albini Radio in Cristallo, by Cassina
By Franco Albini, Cassina
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Radio in Cristallo station by Franco Albini in 1938. Relaunched in 2021. Manufactured by Cassina in Italy. Radio in Cristallo goes straight to the heart of the project that Franco Albini created as a prototype-model in 1938 for his home. He took apart and reassembled a radio in a wood cabinet received as a wedding gift, exposing the electric components by pressing them between two sheets of tempered glass. A tribute to lightness, a step that catapults the designer in the direction of bold modernity that, by demonstrating progress, narrates its value. In concert with Fondazione Franco Albini, Cassina has optimized the design the architect entered into a competition by the Swiss company Wohnbedarf in 1940, keeping the same size while adding new Bluetooth technology and an optional subwoofer that, connected to Wi-Fi, creates a more enveloping atmosphere. Radio in Cristallo will also be offered in a special limited edition of only five pieces. The Radio in Cristallo L.E., with a numbered metal plate on the side of the structure, will feature white knobs...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Franco Albini Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Wood

Franco Albini Veleiro Bookcase, Black Stained Wood by Cassina
By Cassina, Franco Albini
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Bookcase designed by Franco Albini in 1940. Relaunched in 2011-19. Manufactured by Cassina in Italy. Defying the laws of physics, going beyond what we normally understand by the ...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Franco Albini Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Metal

Franco Albini Italian Midcentury Dark Wood Sideboard for Poggi, 1950s
By Franco Albini, Poggi
Located in Reggio Emilia, IT
Italian Mid-Century Modern design credenza sideboard designed by Franco Albini and produced by Poggi Pavia from 1958, four doors with sliding shelves and a pull-out shelf / tray, sol...
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1850s Italian Mid-Century Modern Antique Franco Albini Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Wood

Le Corbusier, P. Jeanneret, Charlotte Perriand LC20 Casier Standard for Cassina
By Franco Albini, Cassina
Located in Berlin, DE
Prices vary dependent on the color, size and material of the piece. Casier designed by Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret, Charlotte Perriand in 1925. Manufactured by Cassina in Italy. The Casiers standard...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Franco Albini Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Metal

Franco Albini Veleiro Bookcase, Wood by Cassina
By Cassina, Franco Albini
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Bookcase designed by Franco Albini in 1940. Relaunched in 2011-19. Manufactured by Cassina in Italy. Defying the laws of physics, going beyond what we normally understand by the ...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Franco Albini Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Metal

Franco Albini Modular Bookcase "Infinito" for Cassina, Italy, new
By Cassina, Franco Albini
Located in Berlin, DE
Prices vary dependent on the color, size and material. Modular Bookcase designed by Franco Albini, relaunched in 2008. Manufactured by Cassina in Italy. An extremely flexible bookcase, with myriad modular options, suited to being against a wall or as a room partition...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Franco Albini Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Wood

Franco Albini Veliero Bookcase for Cassina, Italy, new
By Cassina, Franco Albini
Located in Berlin, DE
Prices vary dependent on the chosen material. The shelf is available in natural ashwood or black stained ashwood with elements in either brass or satin brass chrome. Bookcase desig...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Franco Albini Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Metal

Executive Desk by Franco Albini, Italy, 1950s
By Franco Albini
Located in Hellouw, NL
Large executive desk by Franco Albini from Italy, ca the 1950s. The desk has a small cabinet at the front of the desk with some shelves giving it a very attractive design from all si...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Franco Albini Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Franco Albini Veleiro Bookcase, Black Stained Wood by Cassina
By Cassina, Franco Albini
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Bookcase designed by Franco Albini in 1940. Relaunched in 2011-19. Manufactured by Cassina in Italy. Defying the laws of physics, going beyond what we normally understand by the ...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Franco Albini Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Metal

Walnut Sideboard "Mb15" by Franco Albini for Poggi, Italy, 1950s
By Franco Albini
Located in Milan, IT
Walnut sideboard model "Mb15" by Franco Albini for Poggi. Removable trays and beautiful proportions.
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1950s Italian Vintage Franco Albini Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Italian Midcentury Franco Albini's 'LB7' Style Ceiling-Mounted Bookcase, 1960
By Franco Albini
Located in Traversetolo, IT
The iconic ceiling-mounted bookcase model 'LB7', designed by the renowned designer Franco Albini around 1960, represents a unique example of refined and functional design. This innov...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Franco Albini Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Brass

Franco Albini Italian Midcentury Dark Wood Bookcase Lb7 for Poggi, 1950s
By Poggi, Franco Albini
Located in Reggio Emilia, IT
Italian dark wood shelves bookcase with floor and ceiling uprights, designed by Franco Albini in 1956 for Poggi Pavia, shelves and container with wood veneer adjustable in height and...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Franco Albini Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Metal

Bookcase LB10 by Franco Albini
By Franco Albini
Located in Brussels , BE
Bookcase LB10 by Franco Albini.
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Franco Albini Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Franco Albini Walnut Bookcase LB7 for Poggi Pavia, 1956
By Franco Albini, Poggi
Located in Madrid, ES
A two modular teak bookcase, Designed by Franco Albini and edited in 1956 by Poggi, Pavia, Marked. Composed of two modules with storages units an...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Franco Albini Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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LB7, “Infinito” Bookcase by Franco Albini, Poggi
By Franco Albini
Located in Milano, Lombardia
In the LB7 library of the Poggi production (1956), we find all the principles long treated by Albini on the theme of the light upright, which in this modular syst...
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1950s Italian Modern Vintage Franco Albini Case Pieces and Storage Cabinets

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Franco Albini case pieces and storage cabinets for sale on 1stDibs.

Franco Albini case pieces and storage cabinets are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of wood and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Franco Albini case pieces and storage cabinets, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 24 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 10 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original case pieces and storage cabinets by Franco Albini were created in the mid-century modern style in europe during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider case pieces and storage cabinets by Angelo Mangiarotti, Gio Ponti, and Afra & Tobia Scarpa. Prices for Franco Albini case pieces and storage cabinets can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $2,663 and can go as high as $54,903, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $17,390.

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