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    FRANCO ALBINI

    (1905-1977)


    “ARCHITECT AND DESIGNER”


    Franco Albini 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.

    The Belladonna

    FRANCO ALBINI BIOGRAPHY

    Birth

    1905 Born in Italy near Milan 

    School

    1929 He obtains his diploma from Milan Polytechnic School

    Designs an ICON

    1951 He designs the Belladonna sofa in rattan, that is now produced by Sika-Design 

    Franca Helg

    1952 Franca Helg and Franco Albini becomes business partners. Franca plays a crucial role in a numerous of the designs by Franco Albini

    Subway

    1963-1977 He, Helg and Bob Noorda collaborated on a project to design several stations within the Milan subway system

    The end of the adventure

    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.