The Albini Desk and Its Designer

Named after Italian Neo-Rationalist architect and designer Franco Albini, the Albini Desk is one of the many products sold as part of our Knoll Furniture collection modern home furniture.  This 48" x 27.5" item fuses an attention-grabbing minimalist look with time-tested artisanship and utilizes raw materials, a distinct feature that Mr. Albini cultivated during the early days of his professional career.  The elegant design features polished plate glass and a “floating” wood pedestal plus a shelf near the rear of the desk you can use to store small books or magazines.

Born in 1905, Franco Albini's professional career began in 1929 after graduating from Politecnico di Milano University and working for fellow Italian architect Giovanni “Giò” Ponti.  After showcasing his work at La Triennale di Milano, a museum that focus on architecture and furniture design Albini introduced the Albini Desk in 1928, and he would eventually go on to design the "Margherita" and "Gala" chairs, made of woven cane, the "Fiorenza" armchair for Arflex in 1952, the "Luisa" chair in 1955 and the "Rocking Chaise" for Poggi in 1956.

Albini's work continued into the 1960s, using his industrial design skills to create the Rome Rinascente building, a television set for Brionvega displayed at the Milan Triennial and various lamps for Arteluce.  As part of a collective effort, he designed a series of subway stations in Milan.  Albini's body of work earned him the Compasso d'Oro award three times during his career, considered the most prestigious Italian design prize.

The Albini Desk is only one of the many unique products sold on the CA Modern Home website. For information about this innovative company and their modern design furniture, contact them at 800.605.1859.

Jesse Brody
Jesse Brody


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