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Franco Albini Desk for Knoll



Franco Albini for Knoll, Albini desk 1928, glass, wood and chromed steel, Italy, design from 1949 Franco Albini’s 1928 desk combines glass, steel and wood which resulted in a minimalistic balance. The desk features Albini’s design philosophy and Minimalist aesthetic, the design derives its appeal through simplicity of form and celebration of material, without extraneous ornamentation. Manufacturer's label on frame. Franco Albini (1905-1977) was an Italian architect and designer. He went to study architecture at the Politecnico in Milan and later worked under Gio Ponti. In his work, he combined modern Italian aesthetics with traditional craftsmanship. He started about to use materials that were readily available. Albini designed many iconic pieces including a radio, rocking chair and modular bookcases and over the course of his career worked with many manufacturers such as Knoll, Cassina, Arteluce and Poggi. Knoll International was founded in New York by the 26 year old German Hans Knoll (1914-1955) in 1938. Hans' father, Walter Knoll was a true modernist and furniture manufacturer who had a reputation for quality. When Hans Knoll died at a young age his wife Florence Knoll took over and under her influence the company flourished and created its best designs. She designed and led the company where she cooperated with talented designers such as Eero Saarinen, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Richard Schultz and Harry Bertoia. VAT within the EU: When buying or delivering an item within the EU, VAT usually applies and will be added.


  • Creator
    Franco Albini (Designer),Knoll (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 27.56 in. (70 cm)Width: 48.04 in. (122 cm)Depth: 26.38 in. (67 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Refinished. Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Waalwijk, NL
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 450014541stDibs: LU933118570742

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About Knoll (Manufacturer)

As a company that produced many of the most famous and iconic furniture designs of the 20th century, Knoll was a chief influence in the rise of modern design in the United States. Led by Florence Knoll, the firm would draw stellar talents such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Eero Saarinen into its compass. Their work would help change the face of the American home and office.

The company was formed in 1938 by the German immigrant Hans Knoll. He first worked with his fellow ex-pat, the Danish designer Jens Risom, who created furniture with flowing lines made of wood. While Risom served in World War II, in 1943 Knoll met his future wife, Florence Schust. She had studied and worked with eminent emigré leaders of the Bauhaus, including Mies, Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer. She won Knoll over with Bauhaus notions of industrial arts, and an aesthetic that featured flat and tubular metal frames and angular forms. When Hans died in a car crash in 1955, Florence Knoll was appointed head of the company. It was as much through her holistic approach to design — a core division of the firm was dedicated to planning office systems — as Knoll's mid-century modern furnishings themselves that she brought about the sleek and efficient transformation of the American workplace.

Today, classic Knoll furnishings remain staples of modern design collections and decors. A history of modern design is written in pieces such as Mies’ elegant Barcelona chair, Saarinen’s pedestal Tulip chair, Breuer’s tubular steel Wassily lounge chair and the  grid-patterned Diamond chair by Harry Bertoia. As you can see from the items on the following pages, these designs and others have become timeless emblems of the progressive spirit and sleek sophistication of the best of modernism.

About the Seller
4.8 / 5
Located in Waalwijk, Netherlands

Established in 2006, Morentz has a team of approximately 55 restorers, upholsterers, interior advisers and art historians, making it a gallery, workshop and upholstery studio, all in one. Every day, a carefully selected array of 20th-century furniture arrives from all over the world at the firm’s warehouse, where the team thoroughly e...

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