Collection: Franco Albini

Born 17 October 1905 Robbiate, Italy. Died 1 November 1977 Milan, Italy. 1924–29 Studies architecture at the Politecnico di Milano in Milan. 1929 Works in the office of Gio Ponti and Emilio Lancia; travels to the World’s Fair in Barcelona. 1930–45 Completes interior architecture projects (apartments and exhibitions) and designs furniture at his own office in Milan. 1933, 1936, and 1940 Shows his designs for exhibitions, interiors, and furniture at the Triennale di Milano. From 1945 Focuses on designing residential and administrative buildings; also continues working on designs for exhibitions, interiors, and furniture for Cassina, Carlo Poggi, Knoll Associates, and others. 1951 Wins the gold medal at the IX Triennale di Milano for his Gala and Margherita rattan chairs. ´ Show more information

1948–52 Builds the Pirovano youth hostel in Cervinia (Aosta), Italy. 1949–51 Redesigns the state art gallery in the Palazzo Bianco in Genoa; subsequently works on redesigning and expanding other museums in Genoa. 1949–64 Professor of architecture at the Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia. 1951 Franca Helg joins Albini as a partner under the new company name Studio di Architettura Franco Albini e Franca Helg; from now on, all major construction and design projects are carried out in collaboration with Helg. 1945/55 Teaches in the architecture faculty at the Politecnico di Torino. 1955 The Luisa Chair wins the Compasso d’Oro. 1957–61 Designs department store La Rinascente on the Piazza Fiume in Rome. 1962–69 Develops design concepts for the stations of Milan’s underground line 1 and parts of line 2. 1964–77 Professor of architecture at the Politecnico di Milano

Text: Mathias Remmele

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