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Early Franco Albini for Knoll Model '80' Desk

Sale price$4,750.00

Franco Albini for Knoll, model 80, glass, lacquered wood, lacquered steel, Italy, 1949

Franco Albini’s model 80 desk combines glass, steel and wood which resulted in a minimalistic balance. The desk features Albini’s design philosophy and minimalist aesthetic, the design derives its appeal through simplicity of form and celebration of material, without extraneous ornamentation. This model is an early edition of the model 80 design.

Franco Albini (1905-1977) was an Italian architect and designer. He went to study architecture at the Politecnico in Milan and later worked under Gio Ponti. In his work, he combined modern Italian aesthetics with traditional craftsmanship. He started about to use materials that were readily available. Albini designed many iconic pieces including a radio, rocking chair and modular bookcases and over the course of his career worked with many manufacturers such as Knoll, Cassina, Arteluce and Poggi.

Knoll International was founded in New York by the 26 year old German Hans Knoll (1914-1955) in 1938. Hans' father, Walter Knoll was a true modernist and furniture manufacturer who had a reputation for quality. When Hans Knoll died at a young age his wife Florence Knoll took over and under her influence the company flourished and created its best designs. She designed and led the company where she cooperated with talented designers such as Eero Saarinen, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Richard Schultz and Harry Bertoia.

Please note that this item is in good, used condition. The frame and lacquered wood show some small losses of lacquer on several places.

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Product Details

  • condition Good
  • creator Franco Albini (Designer) Knoll (Manufacturer)
  • date of manufacture 1990s
  • dimensions Height 27.37 in. Width 43.31 in. Depth 26.38 in.
  • dimensions Height 69.5 cm Width 110 cm Depth 67 cm
  • material Chrome Glass Wood
  • origin Italy
  • period 1990-1999
  • style Mid-Century Modern (In the Style Of)
  • barcode 50111932