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Midcentury Rattan Italian Coat Rack with Shelf, Franco Albini for Bonacina 1960s

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Wonderful midcentury bamboo and rattan coat hanger with integrated rattan shelf. Franco Albini and Franca Helg probably designed this fantastic piece for Pierantonio Bonacina in Italy during the 1960s. The piece features a structure in bamboo canes and five rattan hooks, the whole is enhanced by stunning curved rattan decorations that make this coat rack unique. Above the hooks there is a practical shelf in canes kept together by a beautiful rattan wicker braid. The simple elegance of the lines and the great vintage conditions make this item perfect for a midcentury entrance hall project. Franco Albini (17 October 1905 – 1 November 1977) was an Italian Neo-Rationalist architect, designer and university instructor in design. A native of Robbiate, near Milan, Albini obtained his degree in architecture at Politecnico di Milano University in 1929 and began his professional career working for Gio Ponti. He started displaying his works at Milan Triennale. In 1930 he opened his own practice. Through his creations, the modern furniture design merged the Italian traditional artisanship with the new forms of modernism. In his creations, he used raw, inexpensive materials. He exploited the very skilled Italian craftsmanship. This also meant an elegant design based on a minimalist aesthetic. One of his first successful works in 1939 was a radio, encased in glass, so to show its internal components. In 1928 Albini designed the now-iconic "Albini Desk", combining steel, glass and wood with a striking minimalistic balance, and introduced by Knoll in 1949. In 1950 he designed the famous and fashionable "Margherita" and "Gala" chairs, made of woven cane. In 1952 he created the "Fiorenza" armchair for Arflex; in 1955 the "Luisa" chair; in 1956 the "Rocking chaise" for Poggi. In the 1960s he worked on industrial design as well as important architectural projects. In 1961 he designed the Rome Rinascente building. Three years later he designed with Franca Helg and Bob Noorda the Milan Metro Line 1 subway stations, and from 1969 also Milan Metro Line 2 subway stations. In 1964 the television set he created for Brionvega was displayed at the Milan Triennial XIII. In the same year, he created various lamps for Arteluce. Albini worked for companies including Brionvega, Cassina, Arflex, Arteluce and Poggi. He was also an architect and interior designer. Among others, in 1945 he created the Zanini Fur Shop located in Milan. As writer and editor, from 1945 to 1946 he worked for the Italian magazine Casabella. In the 1950s and 1960s he taught interior design at the Venice School of Architecture (Università Iuav di Venezia). From 1963 to 1977 he taught design at Milan Polytechnic (Politecnico di Milano). In 1971 he was appointed an Honorary Royal Designer for Industry (RDI) by the Royal Society for Arts (RSA) in London. Albini obtained three Compasso d'Oro awards, the most prestigious Italian design prize.
  • Attributed to:
    Bonacina (Manufacturer)Franco Albini and Franca Helg (Designer)
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 10.24 in (26 cm)Width: 39.38 in (100 cm)Depth: 7.49 in (19 cm)
  • Style:
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
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  • Date of Manufacture:
    1960s
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  • Seller Location:
    Roma, IT
  • Reference Number:
    1stDibs: LU3067332689312
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