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20th Century Franco Albini Table Model TL2 "Cavalletto" in Wood for Poggi '50s

$15,586.64

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Iconic table designed by the great italian maestro Franco Albini in '50s. The name of the model is TL2 but usually we better know this table as "Cavalletto" (in english "Trestle"). Trestle, meaning lightness and wisdom of construction. A structure founded on opposing tensions, characterized by apparent temporariness, for a formal result of great refinement, thanks to the elegance of the details of the metal minutiae and the perimeter edging. Franco Albini designs this historic wooden table visualizing a minimal structure in which tension and compression become primary codes of a harmonious aesthetic that combines method and research, form and function, balance and stability. The creation of this iconic table requires a delicate assembly process, reflecting the class and formal elegance of the design extrinsic in the detail of the two burnished brass rods that also serve as bracing. Published in: G. Gramigna, Repertorio 1950-1980, p.61, Mondadori, 1985. Good condition, fully original.

Details

  • Creator
    Franco Albini (Author),Poggi (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 27.37 in. (69.5 cm)Width: 70.48 in. (179 cm)Depth: 27.56 in. (70 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1950
  • Condition
    Refinished. Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Turin, IT
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU5450229103782

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    Ships From: Torino, Italy
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About the Author

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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