LUISA

Design Franco Albini

AESTHETIC ELEGANCE

Luisa is a chair with armrests with a sleek minimalist design, the result of a journey of exploration that occupied Franco Albini for 15 years as he focused on developing an archetype in which the core elements of the structure respond to various possible uses in the home.

PRODUCTION YEAR

2008

The small armchair, dubbed Luisa, is the fruit of a fifteen-year process of exploration, focused on creating an archetype of the basic elements of a chair, and its potential uses within the home. A idea-based design, where Franco Albini expressed the concept of “substance in form”, increasing the volume of the wooden parts where they join with others. Following various enhancements, the definitive version of the chair was awarded the prestigious Compasso D’Oro prize by the Italian Industrial Design Association (Associazione per il Disegno Industriale/ADI). The frame represents a synthesis where the seat and the back are two geometric planes suspended on an understated wood structure, the sides reminiscent of trestles. Luisa is a timeless piece, the outcome of skill, both in terms of technique and of materials. This world exclusive Cassina re-issue, has been made possible thanks to the company’s extraordinary wood-working capabilities.

I Maestri

Franco Albini

He was a major figure in the Rationalist Movement, excelling in architectural, furniture, industrial and museum design. After receiving a degree in architecture from the Politecnico di Milano in 1929, he worked with the Ponti and Lancia design studios.is work for the magazine Casabella also played a key part in his development, marking his conversion to the Rationalist Movement and his becoming its spokesman on the Italian cultural scene.

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Luisa is a timeless object wrought of pure technique and matter. An extremely expressive historic piece of design furniture. A flawless model in which Franco Albini expresses his concept of substance in form, highlighting the disconnects in the elements by increasing their thickness at the intersecting joints.

Structure

Solid ash or walnut.

Detail

Trestle sides.

Padding

Polyurethane foam.

PRODUCTION YEAR

2008

DESIGN BY
Franco Albini
PRODUCTION YEAR

2008

DESIGN BY
Franco Albini

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