Franco Albini’s TL3 table is a classic, elegant Italian midcentury design that features a base structure with four gently attenuated legs that are cross-braced with wood supports that sport visible black metal joints. The cross-braces not only provide the necessary support to allow for the slender legs but, with the addition of an integrated truncated conical spacer atop each leg, elevate the top allowing space to pass through its underside. This simple, very clever design element engenders remarkable levity to the table’s form. Similarly, the articulated black joints become visually-engaging decorative punctuation.
The TL3 table base is available in two versions – rectilinear and square – each corresponds with the shape and size of the desired top – rectilinear, square, or round. Bases are available in three finishes – American walnut, natural ash, and black-stained ash. Tops are available in .6” thick clear glass for all five versions of the TL3 table. Wood tops that match the base are also available as an option for the two rectilinear sizes as well as the medium square version.
Born in Milan in 1905, Franco Albini's work spans across furniture design, product design, architecture, urban planning and interior design. His work was an integration of modern design and Italian craftsmanship. Through his product and furniture design, Albini celebrated the raw form of materials and transparent construction. Albini would forgo ornament and encasement of furniture, to allow the structure to be revealed. In 1939, he debuted a radio fully encased in glass to expose the inner workings. His most well-known work is the Albini Desk in 1949 for Knoll, which is still in production today. As a designer, he has collaborated with Gio Ponti, Franca Helg, as well as Helg and Bob Noorda.