The minimal lines of Cavaletto desk lead to its extremely light look that underscores the extensive thought by designer Franco Albini, and the advanced wood-working skills of Cassina. Its stability is based on the principle of opposing forces, the frame looks improvised, and the volumes and weights having been reduced.
Cavalletto, meaning trestle in English, is assembled using two tensioning rods in burnished brass that also serve for bracing. The intricate construction process illustrates the excellence of the wood-working skills of the craftsmen of Meda, Italy. Offering an extremely refined interpretation of form, this vision of elegance shows Cassina’s customary attention to detail extending to the metal parts, and the border trim on the tabletop.
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.