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Luisa Chair

About the Design

After working for approximately 15 years through several prototypes of the design (one of which was manufactured by Knoll in the late 1940s), the Italian designer, architect and urban planner Franco Albini (1905–77) finished what is considered to be a masterpiece: the Luisa chair. The dignified armchair is upholstered in warm red fabric and named after Luisa Colombini, Albini’s personal assistant and secretary of two decades. Lightweight and initially available in teak, mahogany and beech, the definitive version of the Luisa chair was put into production by Poggi in 1955.

The Luisa is often compared to the similarly minimal and sturdy Leggera chair conceived by like-minded rationalist architect and designer Giò Ponti, under whom Albini apprenticed after receiving his degree in architecture from the Polytechnic University of Milan in 1929.

Not unlike Ponti’s work, Albini’s designs often merged traditional Italian craftsmanship with the modernist flourishes that had occupied Italian rationalists. It was this blend of functionalism and style that earned Albini numerous awards, including several Compasso d’Oro prizes, a prestigious Italian award for excellence in industrial design. His first Compasso d’Oro was for the Luisa chair, which is part of the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and is still manufactured by Cassina.

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Set of 2 Franco Albini, "Luisa" chairs, Production Poggi, Pavia
By Poggi, Franco Albini
Located in Wolfurt, AT
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Set of 6 Franco Albini "Luisa" Chairs, Production Carlo Poggi, 1950s
By Franco Albini, Succ. Carlo Poggi
Located in Wolfurt, AT
Set of 6 Italian wood and fabric chairs armchairs Model "Luisa" designed by the Italian designer Franco Albini and produced by Poggi Pavia 1955. Bibliographie: Italien 1950er Jahre,...
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Located in Miami, FL
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Pair of Early "Luisa" Chairs, Franco Albini for Poggi, Italy, 1953 Early Edition
By Franco Albini
Located in Argelato, BO
Pair of early Edition "Luisa" chairs by Franco Albini, rosewood structure and black original fabric, manufactured by Poggi Pavia, 1953. Luisa armchairs is the fruit of a fifteen-...
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Early Franco Albini Pair of Oak "Luisa"/ N°48 Dining Chair by Knoll, ca. 1949
By Franco Albini
Located in Geneva, CH
Early pair of black naugahyde and oak N°48 chair by Franco Albini produced by Knoll between 1948 and 1952. Good condition, 2 little damages on corners of the seat cushion ( picture ...
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Franco Albini Luisa Chair for Cassina, Italy, new
By Cassina, Franco Albini
Located in Berlin, DE
Chair designed by Franco Albini in 1953. Relaunched in 2013. Manufactured by Cassina in Italy. The price given applies to the chair as seen in the first picture.
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By Franco Albini
Located in Munich, DE
Designed by Franco Albini and made by Knoll International.
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A set of six "Luisa" chairs designed by Franco Albini for Poggi, Italy, 1950. Beautifully reupholstered in pale rose color Patricia Urquiola fabrics. Excellent condition. Prix "Comp...
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Pair of Franco Albini "Luisa" teak chairs for Poggi, Italy 1955
By Poggi, Franco Albini
Located in Renens, CH
Pair of Franco Albini "Luisa" teak chairs for Poggi, Italy 1955 These timeless and minimalist dining chairs with armrests feature a structure in teak wood with stunning details and ...
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By Franco Albini
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Iconic Franco Albini Woven Rattan Ottoman, 1960s
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Located in Miami, FL
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