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Knoll ® Albini Desk


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Franco Albini Franco Albini Italy (1905 - 1977)

Franco Albini studied architecture at the Milan Polytechnic school, where he obtained his diploma in 1929. Still being a student, Albini assisted Gio Ponti in his studio. Ponti's influence becomes obvious in Franco Albini's early designs in the Art d?co style. In 1930 Franco Albini opened his own studio for interior design and decoration. After the war, Franco Albini worked as an architect, too. In 1930 Franco Albini participated in the Monza Triennale where he showed his furniture designs. At the 1936 Milan Triennale, Franco Albini presented progressive designs for a rational layout for small rooms, called "stanza per un uomo" (one-man room). Albini designed a tiny room, in which each element fulfilled one or more functions: a tabletop is integrated in a shelving system, the ladder leading up to the loft bed also functions as a clothes stand, and the bed itself is a partition for the room. In 1941 Franco Albini designed a transparent radio (however, it was never produced). Franco Albini's most popular designs were done in the 1950s. The most famous ones were his designs for shelves and chairs, produced by Cassina and especially by Poggi. The shelves are easy to disassemble and can be expanded without restriction. The shelves have no back board as they are either clamped between the floor and the ceiling or suspended on the ceiling on metal chains. This construction then functions as a transparent room partition. In 1951 Franco Albini created his rattan chair "Margherita". From 1952 the designer and architect Franca Helg was Franco Albini's business partner; she played a crucial role in numerous Albini designs. As an architect, Franco Albini built housing estates in Milan and in 1957; he designed the building for the La Rinascente department store in Rome. Together with Franca Helg and Bob Noorda, Franco Albini also designed underground stations in Milan. From 1963 to 1977 Franco Albini taught at the Polytechnic school in Milan. Antonio Piva was Franco Albini's business partner.

In 1958, Franco Albini - one of the first European designers commissioned to work for Knoll - used glass, chrome-plated steel and painted wood to create a floating pedestal desk that demonstrated a commitment to modernism and artisanship by utilizing raw materials. The Albini Desk features elegant angles and an interplay of light and opacity between the top and frame. A convenient storage drawer.


  • Frame and legs in square stell tube
  • Top consists of 0.5'' polished plate glass
  • Two-drawer ''floating'' wood pedestal
  • Rear open shelf for magazines or small books
  • Each authentic Knoll product includes a certificate of authenticity
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  • Overall: 27.5" H x 48" W x 26" D
  • Overall Product Weight: 72lbs

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  • Overall: 27.5" H x 48" W x 26" D
  • Drawer Interior: 2.5" H x 14.13" W x 14.13" D
  • Shelf: 7" H x 15.5" W x 8.5" D
  • Overall Product Weight: 72lbs


Desk Type: Writing Desk 
Base Material: Glass; Metal
Style: Modern 
Design: Standard Desk
Drawers Included: Yes
  • Number of Drawers: 2
Drawer Pedestal Included: No
Application: Home Office; Professional 
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OUR SKU # KLL1074 This item is also sometimes listed under the following manufacturer numbers: 80D-E, 80D-L2