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Luisa Chair

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After working for approximately 15 years through several prototypes of the design (one of which was manufactured by Knoll in the late 1940s), the Italian designer, architect and urban planner Franco Albini (1905–77) finished what is considered to be a masterpiece: the Luisa chair. The dignified armchair is upholstered in warm red fabric and named after Luisa Colombini, Albini’s personal assistant and secretary of two decades. Lightweight and initially available in teak, mahogany and beech, the definitive version of the Luisa chair was put into production by Poggi in 1955.


The Luisa is often compared to the similarly minimal and sturdy Leggera chair conceived by like-minded rationalist architect and designer Giò Ponti, under whom Albini apprenticed after receiving his degree in architecture from the Polytechnic University of Milan in 1929.


Not unlike Ponti’s work, Albini’s designs often merged traditional Italian craftsmanship with the modernist flourishes that had occupied Italian rationalists. It was this blend of functionalism and style that earned Albini numerous awards, including several Compasso d’Oro prizes, a prestigious Italian award for excellence in industrial design. His first Compasso d’Oro was for the Luisa chair, which is part of the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and is still manufactured by Cassina.


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Franco Albini 'Luisa' Chairs, Circa 1955
By Franco Albini
Located in Brussels, BE
Franco Albini 'Luisa' Chairs, Circa 1955
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Wood

F. Albini for Poggi, "TL3" Mod. Wood Table and Set of 4 "Luisa" Chair, Italy
By Poggi, Franco Albini
Located in Palermo, IT
Excellent square table mod. TL3 by Franco Albini for Poggi Pavia, in 1951, with a set of four armchair mod. "Luisa" by Franco Albini for Poggi, Pavia, in 50s. Table: Structure in s...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Tables

Materials

Metal

Set of Six Rosewood "Luisa” Chairs by Franco Albini for Poggi
By Poggi, Franco Albini
Located in Madrid, ES
A set of six rosewood "Luisa" chairs designed by Franco Albini for Poggi, Italy, 1950. Beautifully reupholstered in pale rose color. Excellent condition. Prix "Compaso d'oro(1955).We...
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

Materials

Fabric, Rosewood

Franco Albini Dining Chairs
By Franco Albini
Located in San Francisco, CA
Franco Albini designed dining chairs for Herman Miller. Adjustable backs, maple frames in very good original condition. Reduced in price from list $8800.00 to net $5,800.00.
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Vintage 1950s American Mid-Century Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Upholstery, Wood

Franco Albini Luisa Chairs
By Franco Albini
Located in Wargrave, Berkshire
Franco Albini Luisa chairs, Poggi, Italy, circa 1955. Beautifully reupholstered in super soft cream nubuck, contrasts beautifully with the dark wood frames. Priced per chair.
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Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Chairs