Design Objects - Desk Table (1958)

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Franco Albini has worked in different fields, including architecture, product design, urbanistic, and interior design, in a Neo-rationalist style born between the Twenties and Thirties to unite European functional with the inherited Italian classicism. 

What distinguishes this architectonical style is first of all rigorous geometrical shapes, and the use of avant-garde materials features present on the desk from 1958. Particularly, Albini was looking for a refined balance between space and solid forms, as this desk confirms it. Using raw materials, it mentions artisan tradition and minimalistic shapes. The crystal plate used as a desktop is thick 1,28 cm, placed on a base in tubular steel on a squared section. The drawers are in oak wood darkened or lacquered white, seem to float, and on the back has an opened part to hold magazines or small books. 

In 1958 this desk was put in production by Gavina. Later thanks to Knoll, which in 1968 took over Gavina, enlarged the marketplace of the products. The quality of materials and its clean design, with the total absence of decoration, ensured that even today, this desk looks modern and effortless, such that Knoll continues to produce even today. 

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