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Luisa Armchair

c. 1949/1955

by Franco Albini
for Cassina

Luisa Armchair

by Franco Albini
for  Cassina

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The Luisa armchair is a time­less piece, the outcome of skill, both in terms of tech­nique and of mate­ri­als. The frame repre­sents a synthe­sis where the seat and the back are two geomet­ric planes suspended on an under­stated wood struc­ture, the sides remi­nis­cent of trestles. 

The small armchair is the fruit of a fifteen-year process of explo­ration, focused on creat­ing an arche­type of the basic elements of a chair, and its poten­tial uses within the home. An idea-based design, where Franco Albini expressed the concept of substance in form”, increas­ing the volume of the wooden parts where they join with others. Follow­ing various enhance­ments, the defin­i­tive version of the chair was awarded the Compasso D’Oro prize by the Italian Indus­trial Design Asso­ci­a­tion (Asso­ci­azione per il Disegno Industriale/​ADI).

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Franco Albini

Italy (1905–1977)

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.

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