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1950s Brown Teak and Aluminum Library by Franco Albini 'g'

$19,890.12

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Teak and lacquered aluminum library, Franco Ablini for Poggi, Italy, 1950. Stylish Franco Albini library or room divider comes in teak and this example with two rows. Shelves and units can be adjusted or moved to different positions. The legs are made of lacquered aluminum. We have two more examples in stock that could be used to extend the width of the library (please check Items LU958516325162 and LU958516670352). Manufactured by Poggi. In the 1950s Franco Albinis comes up with his most popular designs, among them shelves and seating furniture, which are produced by Cassina and Poggi. After briefly working in Gio Ponti's studio, he opens his own architecture office. In 1952 he teams up with Franca Helg, in 1962 with Antonio Piva and in 1965 finally with his son MarCo Albini. Albini is one of the most important protagonists of Italienian Rationalism.

Details

  • Creator
    Poggi (Manufacturer),Franco Albini (Designer)
  • Similar to
    Gio Ponti (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 116.15 in. (295 cm)Width: 68.9 in. (175 cm)Depth: 13.78 in. (35 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1950
  • Condition
    Refinished.
  • Seller Location
    Frankfurt, Hessen, DE
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU958516325162

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    Ships From: Frankfurt, Hessen, Germany
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    A return for this item may be initiated within 14 days of delivery.

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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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