Market Collection: Buongiorno, Maestro Albini
Edited by Karen D. Singh, Text by Karen D. Singh and Mark McMenamin -- Interior Design, 3/1/2009 12:00:00 AM
Every modernist deserves an archivist. For the past 44 years, Cassina has granted afterlifes to luminaries such as Le Corbusier and Charlotte Perriand. Work by another pioneer, the architect and urban planner Franco Albini, has now joined the Cassina i Maestri series. Four of his pieces, reconstructed from original documents and prototypes, have been reissued in walnut-stained mahogany and slate-stained or natural-finished ash.
Albini conceived the linear Luisa armchair in 1949 and spent years perfecting it before ultimately snagging a Compasso d'Oro in 1955. Combining a wood-and-steel frame with polyurethane-foam cushions covered in a variety of fabrics and leathers, the chair measures 30 inches high by 22 wide. Toying with tension spawned 1950's Cavalletto, a trestle table with two brass pulleys for support and a top 71 inches long. The 1953 Cicognino table, modeled after the silhouette of a swan, is 31½ inches high. And Infinito, a freestanding bookcase from 1956, consists of 31½- inch-wide modules that stack up to heights from 105½ to 114 inches. 800-770-3568; cassina.com. circle 411
From top: Cicognino; Luisa