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Franco Albini Tables

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 Library “Poggi” Wood Metal Iron, 1955, Italy
By Franco Albini
Located in Milano, IT
Franco Albini Library “Poggi” wood metal iron, 1955, Italy.
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1950s Italian Other Vintage Franco Albini Tables

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Wood

Mid-Century F. Albini for Poggi, "TL3" Mod. Wood Table, 60s Italy
By Poggi, Franco Albini
Located in Palermo, IT
Excellent square table mod. TL3 by Franco Albini for Poggi Pavia, in 1951, with solid wood and metal structure. Restored. Wear consistent with age and use. References: - R...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Franco Albini Tables

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Wood

20th Century Franco Albini Table Model TL2 "Cavalletto" in Wood for Poggi '50s
By Poggi, Franco Albini
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 Tables

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Metal

Franco Albini, Pair of Side Tables TN6 "Cicogna" 1950s
By Franco Albini
Located in Paris, FR
"Cicogna" side tables by Franco Albini 1950s 20th century Franco Albini Pair of TN6 "Cicogna" coffee tables in wood. First edition for Poggi.
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Franco Albini Tables

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Wood

Franco Albini Mid-Century Rattan and Glass Dining Table
By Franco Albini
Located in Countryside, IL
Franco Albini mid-century rattan and glass dining table. This table measures: 48 wide x 48 deep x 31 inches high All pieces of furniture can be had in what we call restored vin...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Franco Albini Tables

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Rattan, Glass

Franco Albini Glass & Metal Writing Desk for Knoll International, 1949
By Knoll, Franco Albini
Located in The Hague, NL
Rare and early age writing desk designed by Franco Albini and manufactured by Knoll International. This desk was designed in 1949 and produced for many years by Knoll International. ...
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1940s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Franco Albini Tables

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Metal

Franco Albini, Desk, Edition Poggi, Italy, circa 1954
By Franco Albini
Located in Nice, Cote d' Azur
Franco Albini (1905-1977), Model 840 Stadera desk, Wood, metal and aluminum, Edition Poggi, Italy, circa 1954. Measures: Height 76 cm, width 143.5 cm, depth 83 cm.
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Franco Albini Tables

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Metal, Aluminum

Franco Albini Cavalletto Table, Black Stained Wood by Cassina
By Cassina, Franco Albini
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Table designed by Franco Albini in 1950. Relaunched in 2008. Manufactured by Cassina in Italy. This table, with its minimal lines and an extremely light look, underscores the extens...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Franco Albini Tables

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Metal

Franco Albini TL3 Table, Black Dyed Wood and Glass by Cassina
By Cassina, Franco Albini
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Table designed by Franco Albini in 1953. Relaunched in 2013. Manufactured by Cassina in Italy. Franco Albini designed this table using the strut element that he had already emplo...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Franco Albini Tables

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Glass, Wood

Franco Albini Writing Desk Knoll International, 1949
By Franco Albini, Knoll
Located in Roosendaal, Noord Brabant
Rare and early writing desk model 1928 designed by Franco Albini and manufactured by Knoll International. This desk was designed in 1949 and produced for many years by Knoll internat...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Franco Albini Tables

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Metal

Franco Albini Cavalletto Table for Cassina, Italy, 2022
By Franco Albini, Cassina
Located in Berlin, DE
Available in Canaletto Walnut, natural ash and black stained ash. Prices vary dependent on the chosen material/finish. Table designed by Franco Albini in 1950. Relaunched in 2008...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Franco Albini Tables

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Metal

Franco Albini Cicognino Wood Side Table by Cassina
By Cassina, Franco Albini
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Side table designed by Franco Albini in 1953. Relaunched in 2008. Manufactured by Cassina in Italy. Dubbed Cicognino, or “little stork”, this iconic design, is clean-cut and refi...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Franco Albini Tables

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Wood

Rattan & Glass Occasional Side Coffee Table by Franco Albini, Italian c. 1950s
By Franco Albini
Located in London, GB
A rattan, glass and black enamelled steel circular occasional table by Franco Albini. Italian, c. 1950s.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Franco Albini Tables

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Steel

Sculptural X-Base Desk by Franco Albini
By Franco Albini
Located in Atlanta, GA
Sculptural X-base desk, designed by Franco Albini, Italian. This design is circa 1949, this example is probably from the early 2000s.
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Early 20th Century European Franco Albini Tables

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Glass, Pine

Franco Albini 840 Stadera Wood and Steel Table for Cassina, Italy, 2022
By Franco Albini, Cassina
Located in Berlin, DE
Prices vary dependent on the model/finish of the table. Table designed by Franco Albini in 1954. Manufactured by Cassina in Italy. This table/writing desk, designed by Franco Albin...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Franco Albini Tables

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Steel

Franco Albini TL3 Table for Cassina, Italy, 2022
By Franco Albini, Cassina
Located in Berlin, DE
Prices vary dependent on the color, model and material of the table. Table designed by Franco Albini in 1953. Relaunched in 2013. Manufactured by Cassina in Italy. Franco Albini ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Franco Albini Tables

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Glass, Wood

Franco Albini Cicognino Wood Side Table for Cassina, Italy, 2022
By Franco Albini, Cassina
Located in Berlin, DE
Prices vary dependent on the color, model and material of the table. Side table designed by Franco Albini in 1953. Relaunched in 2008. Manufactured by Cassina in Italy. Dubbed Ci...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Franco Albini Tables

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Wood

Franco Albini Table 840 Stadera Wood and Steel by Cassina
By Franco Albini, Cassina
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Table designed by Franco Albini in 1954. Manufactured by Cassina in Italy. This table/writing desk, designed by Franco Albini consists of two trapezoidal planes, one smaller than...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Franco Albini Tables

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Steel

Franco Albini Cicognino Wood Side Table by Cassina
By Cassina, Franco Albini
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Side table designed by Franco Albini in 1953. Relaunched in 2008. Manufactured by Cassina in Italy. Dubbed Cicognino, or “little stork”, this iconic design, is clean-cut and refi...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Franco Albini Tables

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Wood

Iconic Franco Albini Table
By Franco Albini
Located in Carpaneto Piacentino, Italy
Iconic table TL2 designed by Franco Albini for Poggi Pavia in 1955. Rare edition in palisander.
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Franco Albini Tables

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Wood

Franco Albini TL3 Table, Wood and Glass by Cassina
By Franco Albini, Cassina
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Table designed by Franco Albini in 1953. Relaunched in 2013. Manufactured by Cassina in Italy. Franco Albini designed this table using the strut element that he had already employed...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Franco Albini Tables

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Glass, Wood

Franco Albini Italian Midcentury Desk for Knoll 70's
By Franco Albini
Located in bari, IT
Minimal desk produced by Knoll Studio, USA, design of 1958. Structure in chromed steel, wooden drawers, glass top. Stickers.
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Franco Albini Tables

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Steel

Writing Table by Franco Albini, Italy, 1950's
By Franco Albini
Located in New York, NY
Canted corners on rectangular surface with beveled edge, raised on crossed legs with H-form stretcher, and converging suspension rods of black enameled metal. Model TL2 for Poggi. Li...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Franco Albini Tables

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Metal

Franco Albini Desk for Knoll, Polychromed Steel, Painted Wood and Glass, 1970s
By Franco Albini
Located in Barcelona, Cataluna
Desk designed by Franco Albini in 1949 for Knoll, glass, wood and chromed steel, Italy, This design is circa 1949, this example is probably from the 1970s.  
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Early 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Franco Albini Tables

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Steel

Cavalletto Dining or Working Table by Franco Albini for Poggi
By Poggi, Franco Albini
Located in Barcelona, ES
Cavalletto or TL2 dining or working table designed in 1950 by italian architect Franco Albini, old Poggi edition. Mahogany wood construction with beveled edges tabletop and crossed l...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Franco Albini Tables

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Metal

Rare Rosewood 'TL2' Cavalletto Table / Desk by Franco Albini for Poggi, Italy
By Poggi, Franco Albini
Located in London, GB
A rare rosewood version of the Cavaletto or TL2 table designed by the great neo-rationalist designer, Franco Albini. Designed in 1950 for manufacturers Poggi, the Cavaletto, (trestle...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Franco Albini Tables

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Steel

Desk with Drawers, Design Franco Albini for Knoll International, Italy, 1950s
By Franco Albini, Knoll
Located in Torino, IT
Desk with drawers, design Franco Albini for Knoll Origin Italy Period 1950s Designer Franco ALBINI (1905 - 1977) was an Italian architect, urban planner, designer and ac...
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1950s Italian Vintage Franco Albini Tables

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Iron

Franco Albini for Knoll Desk Model '1928' in Glass and Metal
By Knoll, Franco Albini
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Franco Albini for Knoll, desk model '1928', glass, wood, chromed steel, Italy, design 1949 Franco Albini’s '1928' desk combines glass, steel and wood which results in a minimalist...
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1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Franco Albini Tables

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Steel

Franco Albini TL30 Round Table in Metal and Wood for Poggi, 1950s
By Poggi, Franco Albini
Located in Montecatini Terme, IT
Round table model TL30 with lacquered metal structure and wooden top. Designed by Franco Albini for Poggi in 1950s.  
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Franco Albini Tables

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Metal

Italian Mid-Century Modern Bamboo & Rattan Bar Cart by Franco Albini
By Franco Albini
Located in New York, NY
Rare and important Italian Mid-Century Modern rattan and glass bar or serving cart by Franco Albini. The piece is unique in linking traditional materials (rattan, bamboo) with an ope...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Franco Albini Tables

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Glass, Bamboo, Rattan

Franco Albini Table 840 Stadera Wood and Steel by Cassina
By Franco Albini, Cassina
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Table designed by Franco Albini in 1954. Manufactured by Cassina in Italy. This table/writing desk, designed by Franco Albini consists of two trapezoidal planes, one smaller than...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Franco Albini Tables

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Steel

Franco Albini for Poggi Dining Table 'TL2' in Walnut
By Poggi, Franco Albini
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Franco Albini for Poggi, dining table model TL2, walnut and metal, Italy, 1951 The TL2 table by Franco Albini features a simplistic and sleek design. Executed in darkened walnut woo...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Franco Albini Tables

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Metal

Mid-Century Modern TL2 Cavalletto Desk/Dining Table by Franco Albini for Poggi
By Franco Albini
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-Century Modern TL2 Cavalletto desk/dining table by Franco Albini for Poggi, 1950s.
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Franco Albini Tables

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Wood

Franco Albini Cicognino Wood Side Table by Cassina
By Franco Albini, Cassina
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Side table designed by Franco Albini in 1953. Relaunched in 2008. Manufactured by Cassina in Italy. Dubbed Cicognino, or “little stork”, this iconic design, is clean-cut and refined...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Franco Albini Tables

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Wood

Franco Albini Cavalletto Table, Wood by Cassina
By Franco Albini, Cassina
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Table designed by Franco Albini in 1950. Relaunched in 2008. Manufactured by Cassina in Italy. This table, with its minimal lines and an extremely light look, underscores the extens...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Franco Albini Tables

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Metal

Franco Albini Minimalist Desk for Knoll International, 1950s
By Franco Albini
Located in Brussels, BE
Franco Albini Minimalist desk for Knoll International, 1950s Mid-Century Modern European desk. Franco Albini was an Italian architect and designer. He was a very important figure ...
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1950s Italian Vintage Franco Albini Tables

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Metal

Rare Minimalist Franco Albini Early Desk, Italy, 1938
By Franco Albini
Located in Milan, IT
Exceptional Franco Albini early desk, Italy 1938 Pre - Knoll edition. Ref: Franco Albini / Costruire le Modernità / Electa p. 117.  
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1930s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Franco Albini Tables

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Metal

Franco Albini Mahogany mid-centry Italian Table Model TL-22 produced by Poggi
By Franco Albini
Located in Barcelona, ES
Franco Albini & Franca Helg. Dining table model no. TL22. Manufactured by Poggi, Italy, 1958. Mahogany. Measurements: 180.3 cm x 104.1 cm x 73 H cm. 70.98 in x 40.98 in x 28.74 in....
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Franco Albini Tables

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Mahogany

Franco Albini Cicognino Wood Side Table by Cassina
By Franco Albini, Cassina
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Side table designed by Franco Albini in 1953. Relaunched in 2008. Manufactured by Cassina in Italy. Dubbed Cicognino, or “little stork”, this iconic design, is clean-cut and refined...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Franco Albini Tables

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Wood

BADANO 1954 Oval Dining Table by Franco Albini
By Codiceicona, Franco Albini
Located in Milan, IT
The 1954 Badano table, from a project by Franco Albini for private clients. The modular leg design allows the creation of a series of tables of different sizes.
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2010s Italian Franco Albini Tables

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Wood

BADANO 1954 Round Dining Table by Franco Albini
By Franco Albini, Codiceicona
Located in Milan, IT
The 1954 Badano table, from a project by Franco Albini for private clients. The modular leg design allows the creation of a series of tables of different sizes.
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2010s Italian Franco Albini Tables

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Oak Side Table by Franco Albini
By Franco Albini
Located in East Hampton, NY
Franco Albini, side table Model TN6 "Cicognino", Italy, 1952 Measures" Overall height: 31.5" Height to the tabletop: 16".
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Mid-20th Century Italian Franco Albini Tables

Franco Albini Mid-century Italian Oak round Side Table Model TN6 "Cicognino"
By Franco Albini, Poggi
Located in Barcelona, ES
Franco Albini (1905-1977) Round Side table model TN6 “Cicognino” Manufactured by Poggi Italy, 1952 Oak Measurements: 40 cm diameter x 80 cm height 15.7 in diameter x 31.4 in height...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Franco Albini Tables

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Oak

Franco Albini for Poggi Dining Table in Wood
By Franco Albini, Poggi
Located in Milano, IT
Rare table made by Franco Albini for the Poggi manufactory in the 1950s. The table is totally made of wood. The peculiarity of the table is its rectangular shaped top with one side...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Franco Albini Tables

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Wood

Franco Albini tables for sale on 1stDibs

Tables Franco Albini are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Franco Albini collection of tables, although the brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. 21 vintage editions of these items are in stock, while there are 11 modern editions to choose from as well. Many original tables by Franco Albini were created in Europe during the 20th century in the modern style of the mid-century. Many customers also consider tables by Pier Luigi Colli, Maurizio Tempestini and Giovanni Offredi if you want to add more options. Prices for Franco Albini tables can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. 1stDibs's price starts at $1,827 and tops out at $17,268, while pieces like these can sell for $6,729 on average.

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