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Tre Pezzi Lounge Chair

c. 1959

by Franco Albini
for Cassina

Tre Pezzi Lounge Chair

by Franco Albini
for Cassina

or Call to Order

Designed in 1959 by Franco Albini in collab­o­ra­tion with a long-time asso­ciate, Franca Helg, the Tre Pezzi Lounge was reis­sued by Cassina in 2009 as part of its I Maestri Collection. 

Tre Pezzi means three pieces” in Italian. Indeed, the three uphol­stered elements that compose the struc­ture of the chair are all related visu­ally as vari­ants of the hemi­sphere. The lunette hori­zon­tal seating plane gently folds over the tubular steel frame at the front of the chair and is echoed by the gently flared hemi­spher­i­cal armrest that engulfs its perime­ter. A slightly concave lunette func­tions as the back­rest. All three pieces” are held within a tubular steel frame that also gently curves, creat­ing wonder­ful visual synergy within the overall form.

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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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