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Stadera Desk

c. 1954

by Franco Albini
for Cassina

Stadera Desk

by Franco Albini
for Cassina

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Stadera is a writing desk and table designed by Franco Albini. Stadera consists of two trape­zoidal planes, one smaller than the other, on a single steel support. This balanc­ing act is char­ac­ter­ized by the mate­r­ial rich­ness of the planes, their shape being delin­eated by a frame. One plane is thicker than the other, the higher of the two avail­able with a leather top. This accen­tu­ates the tactile and visual qual­i­ties of the piece. While the single-leg support might suggest a lack of balance, equi­lib­rium is estab­lished using the prin­ci­ple of the Roman balance (stradera, in Italian), a form of weigh­ing scale consist­ing of a beam with two arms of differ­ent lengths, and a coun­ter­weight that can be displaced along the grad­u­ated, longer arm. 

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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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