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Franco Albini Tre Pezzi Armchair for Cassina

$10,198per item

About

The price given applies to the piece as shown in the first picture. Available in many variations. Please ask for pricing in other materials/colors. In 1959, working with Franca Helg, his long-time assistant, Franco Albini designed Tre Pezzi, a contemporary restatement of the classic bergère chair. The chair is composed of a deep curved seat, a ring-shaped back rest and a half-moon head-rest, each of these geometric shapes standing out independently. Wide and welcoming, the upholstered sections combine clean-cut lines with total comfort. The tubular metal frame is cued on scaffolding poles, while the sideways curve of the armrests recalls the handrails on the Milan underground system. The outcome is an up-to-the-minute armchair with a strong visual impact revisited by Cassina in the utmost respect for the original.

Customization Options

customers can choose different fabrics and metal frame finishes. Please enquire.

Details

  • Creator
    Cassina (Manufacturer),Franco Albini (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 36.23 in (92 cm)Width: 31.5 in (80 cm)Depth: 31.5 in (80 cm)Seat Height: 16.54 in (42 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (In the Style Of)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    2022
  • Production Type
    New & Custom(Current Production)
  • Estimated Production Time
    13-14 weeks
  • Condition
  • Seller Location
    Berlin, DE
  • Reference Number
    Seller: on order 1stDibs: LU1591229536112

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  • Shipping

    Ships From: Berlin, Germany
  • Return Policy

    This item cannot be returned.

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About the Designer

Franco Albini

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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About the Seller
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Located in Berlin, Germany

A prime source for design enthusiasts the world over, Original in Berlin sells a carefully curated and ever-growing inventory of classics by Scandinavian, French, Italian and American creators —from Paul McCobb, Charles & Ray Eames, George Nelson and Finn Juhl to Charlotte Perriand, Giò Ponti and Marco Zanuso — in its 10,000-square-foot Berlin showroom and online. Through its New Originals collection, it also offers new-production pieces of mid-century design by such icons of the movement as Carl Auböck and George Nakashima, using the same materials, molds, and techniques employed for the original. In addition, the dealer works closely with contemporary artists, featuring ceramic works by Californian sculptor Stan Bitters as well as hand-crafted leather chairs by Daniel Wenger. Every vintage piece is inspected and meticulously restored by Original in Berlins small team of skilled in-house craftsmen, who also provide on-demand upholstery and carpentry services.

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