Franco Albini (1905-1977) is often considered to be the most important of the Italian "Neo-Rationalist" designers. Trained in architecture at the Milan Polytechnic, graduating in 1929, his work helped herald in a wave of furniture design that successfully combined the new forms of modernism with a more traditional artisanship. Much of his furniture was designed to make use of the inexpensive raw materials of the area, in the post war years when other materials were scarce. His work, both in architecture and design, displays a commitment to a rigorous craftsmanship and elegance built on a minimalist aesthetic, unencumbered by extraneous ornamentation.
Franco Albini nasce nel 1905 a Robbiate (Como). Trasferitosi con la famiglia a Milano, frequenta il Politecnico di Milano, dove si laurea nel 1929 e inizia l’attività professionale nello studio di Ponti e Lancia.