1 of 9 images

Franco Albini Desk by Knoll

About

This beautiful minimalist desk was designed by Franco Albini in 1928. This example is a later edition by Knoll. It features a chromed X-form base supporting a glass top and an ivory lacquered oak two-drawer case.

Details

  • Condition
    Good. Wear to glass and paint on case from use..
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions

    H 27.5 in. x W 48 in. x D 26 in.

    H 69.85 cm x W 121.92 cm x D 66.04 cm

  • Seller location
    Highland, IN
  • Reference number
    LU90917654103

Shipping, Returns & Payment

  • Online Payment Methods
    1stdibs accepts the following payment methods
  • Item Invoice
    Generate an invoice that you can customize and print.

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 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 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

Top Seller
Vetted
1stdibs seller since 2011
Typical response time: 4 hrs
Located in Highland, IN
Associations:
20th Century Specialists
You may also contact the seller by phone

Why Shop on 1stdibs?

Learn More

Only Vetted, Professional Sellers

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

Fully Insured Global Deliveries

More From This Seller
NaN

Finn Juhl Double Pedestal Desk by Baker

Baker Furniture Company, Finn Juhl

American Desks and Writing Tables

Walnut

This spectacular desk by Finn Juhl is very rare. Designed for Baker Furniture in the 1950s, it features his signature "floating" top with its delicately sculpted edge over a base sup...

NaN / set

Paul McCobb Planner Group Desk and Chair by Win...

Paul McCobb, Winchendon Furniture Company

American Desks and Writing Tables

Maple

This beautifully scaled desk and chair by Paul McCobb is from his signature Planner Group and is a fine example of his crisply tailored aesthetic. It features a single pedestal desk ...

NaN

Rare Greta Grossman Desk by Glenn of California

Glenn of California, Greta Magnusson-Grossman

American Desks and Writing Tables

Walnut, Steel, Mica

This fantastic Greta Grossman desk by Glenn of California is a rare variation in all white which contrasts beautifully with the walnut wood.

NaN

Rosewood Side Table by Knoll

Knoll

American End Tables

Rosewood

This end table has a stunningly beautiful top of rich, highly figured rosewood supported by an ebonized black base. Like all Knoll pieces it is impeccably constructed and features re...

You May Also Like
NaN

Stunning Desk TL 22 by Franco Albini

Franco Albini, Poggi

Italian Desks and Writing Tables

Huge desk designed by Franco Albini for Poggi in 1958.

NaN

Early Franco Albini for Knoll Desk

Franco Albini

American Desks

Early and rare desk designed by Franco Albini for Knoll, 1949. This example with X-cross beam and maple case.

NaN / set

Franco Albini TL3 Desk Set for Poggi, Italy, Ea...

Franco Albini, Poggi

Italian Desks and Writing Tables

Nutwood, Walnut, Teak

A teak veneer and walnut model TL3 desk or table by Franco Albini for Poggi. Designed in 1951. * This set is offered to you by Bloomberry * The desk comes with a nutwood desk conta...

NaN

TL2 Table Designer Franco Albini, 1950

Franco Albini

Italian Dining Room Tables

Walnut

TL2 table designer Franco Albini, 1950. In very good condition, production Poggi in walnut. Published, Repertory page 61 1950.1980.

NaN

Franco Albini TL2 1950s Table in Rosewood

Franco Albini

Italian Dining Room Tables

Rosewood

Franco Albini (1905 -1977). A rare rosewood version of Albini's famous TL2 table for Poggi, Italy, 1950s.

NaN / set

Desk with Container by Franco Albini, Poggi Ita...

Italian Desks and Writing Tables

Brass, Rosewood

Desk with container by Franco Albini, Poggi Italy 1956 Rosewood, brass details dimension of the container L.67 W.45 H.72 cm

NaN

Classic Midcentury Walnut and Chrome Florence K...

Knoll, Florence Knoll

American Desks and Writing Tables

Chrome, Walnut

Classic midcentury walnut and chrome Florence Knoll desk features richly grained walnut top chromed steel frame, pencil drawer and file drawer. Retains early Knoll label.

NaN

Florence Knoll Rosewood Table or Desk

Knoll, Florence Knoll

American Dining Room Tables

Rare Florence Knoll rosewood table or desk in excellent condition except for sun fading where a desk pad was used. Tabletop should be refinished but is certainly usable as is.