Definitely one of the greatest Italian designers, his works are characterized by an rationalist imprint and shapes with a own identity, proper of the Italian bourgeoisie of the mid century modern.
Between illumination and insight his creativity is unmistakable, with that sense of strangeness of the Italian culture of the time.
In this article we want to crown two iconic works of art, reflecting the particular Albini’s Design.
One of these are the metal furnishings tat he could produce in cooperation with Fonderie Milanesi and Venzetti between 1930-1933. These household items were made from a special cast iron called “dite”.
Albini’s design is definitely defined as a “Perfect fusion of industrial tecnique and artistic design.”
See photos: Vanzetti cast Iron items.
In the second picture you can see one of his most perfect creations: a floor lamp called “mitragliatrice”.
in his second apartment in Cimarosa Street in Milan, Albini introduces a number of decorative items and design including lighting furniture: among the many lamps he places a floor lamp characterized with a basic structure similar to a machine-gun.
The lamp has a support at the top of the pipe and an aluminum shade due to an ironic Dadaism, perhaps one of the most appreciated forms of furniture in the mid century.
“The work of a designer must
not just be a fleeting expression
of the consumer world, but
follow “the tradition” that is a
barrier against wild fancies, the
temporariness of fashion and the
damaging errors of mediocrity”
Cit: Franco Albini, based on the book: Minimum Design
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