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FRANCO ALBINI (1905-1977)

Exceptional dining table
Made for the headquarters of Allianz Insurance in Paris, projected by Franco Albini.
Manufactured by Poggi
Italy, 1952
Brown lacquer top, double under frame composed of patinated steel stem and black lacquered cast aluminium base.

381 cm x 134 cm x 73h cm
150 in x 52,75 in x 28,74h in

Giampiero Bosoni, “Franco Albini: Minimum Design”, 24 ORE Cultura, 2011, p.78.

Allianz Insurance in Paris
Private collection, Paris

Unique piece

Franco Albini was an Italian Neo­Rationalist architect and designer, he obtained his degree in architecture at Politectico di Milano University and began his professional career working for Gio Ponti. In 1930 he opened his own practice.
In his creations, he used raw, inexpensive materials. He exploited the very skilled Italian craftsmanship. This also meant an elegant design based on a minimalist aesthetic.
In 1950 he designed the famous “Margherita” and “Gala” chairs, made of woven cane. Also in 1952 he created the « Fiorenza », in 1955 the “Luisa” chair and in 1956 the “Rocking chaise” for Poggi. Franco Albini works for many companies like: Brionvega, Cassina, Arflex, Arteluce and Poggi.
As writer and editor, from 1945 to 1946 he worked for the Italian magazine Casabella.