By Anne Leader

Architect, urban planner, and furniture designer Franco Albini was born on 17 October 1905 in the Lombard town of Robbiate. Trained at the Polytechnic University in Milan, Albini was associated with Rationalism and known for clear, simple designs on both large and small scale.

Armchair, 1952; wood, fabric, and metal, Collection SFMOMA, Gift of Michael and Gabrielle Boyd

Spiral staircase, Palazzo Rosso, Genoa

Fiorenza Armchair, 1939

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