Was an italian Neo-Rationalist architect and designer, renowned for merging modern minimalistic furniture design with traditional Italian craftmanship. in his creations he used raw, inexpensive materials.
He had great success in the 1950’s where he created a range of distinguished furniture designs, including the famous and fashionable rattan chairs Margherita and Gala, both features as part of the permanent exhibition Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York.
Franco Albini obtained three Compasso D’Oro awards, the most prestigious Italian design prize.
In 1951, Franco Albini designed Ottoman and the Belladonna sofa made of rattan, which has since been chased by connoisseurs all over the world. We are proud to have the production rights to this wonderful pieces of design as part of our ICONS collection.
BY FRANCO ALBINI
Designed in 1951 | Material: Manau & Tohiti rattan
Item no: FA-95
FRANCO ALBINI BIOGRAPHY
1905 Born in Italy near Milan
1929 He obtains his diploma from Milan Polytechnic School
1930 He participated in the Monza Triennale where he showed his furniture designs
1936 At the Milan Triennale, Franco Albini presented progressive designs for a rational layout for small rooms
1941 He designs a transparent radio
1950 His designs for shelves and chairs is put in production by Cassina and Poggi
1951 He designs the rattan chair “Margherita”
1951 He designs the Belladonna sofa in rattan, that is now produced by Sika-Design
1952 Franca Helg and Franco Albini becomes business partners. Franca plays a crucial role in a numerous of the designs by Franco Albini
1957 He designed the building for the LA Rinascente department store in Rome
1963-1977 He, Helg and Bob Noorda collaborated on a project to design several stations within the Milan subway system
1977 Franco Albini dies
THE ICONS COLLECTION
With our ICONS Collection we revitalize iconic pieces of furniture from some of Europe´s most skilled and important architects and designers. Arne Jacobsen, Nanna and Jørgen Ditzel, Viggo Boesen and Franco Albini were all pioneers of their time – they broke new ground when they made experimental shapes with the sturdy materials of rattan and wicker and created sculptural and timeless icons. With great respect and admiration for the original designs and in close collaboration with the descendants of these renowned furniture makers, we are pleased and proud to be able to bring these icons back.
The Belladonna Sofa By Franco Albini is an elegant and artful piece of furnitureI. The Design is timeless and fit in various environments. The Belladonna Sofa is handcrafted in the sturdy rattan material, that will evolve into a beautiful patina over the years.
The Ottoman By Franco Albini is a creative and unique piece of furniture. The furniture itself is simple yet only the mind set the limit for its application. It is made in Manau & Tohiti rattan.