Franco Albini LB7 infinito bookcase Poggi Italy 1957






Franco Albini

Italy 1905 – 1977
Architect, designer

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Larrge modular bookcase model LB7 designed by Franco Albini and manufactured by Piggi, Italy 1957. The LB7 bookcase which is also known as the Infinito bookcase represents futuristic design of the 1950s. This modular bookcase features a vertical pillar, light and functional, a signature of Albini’s architectural style. This pillar design allows it to fit into almost any space. It can function as a wall piece or a dividing wall element. This version consists of six teak wooden pillars with several shelves. You can place the shelves in different heights making it a super versatile design. Besides the shelves there is a storage compartment with a drop down door with brass hinges that can function as a small writing desk. The LB7 bookcase was initially designed for Casa Ferrario and was so successful that a new version, the LB10, was proposed already in 1958. Albini’s innovative use of materials and his experimental approach to design can be seen in every detail of the bookcase. The bookcase clamps in different heights, between 260 and 275 but can be customized for higher ceilings. The LB7 bookcase carries an iconic status in Italian design history.


Literature; Repertorio Del Design Italiano 195o~2000 Volume 1 Giuliana Gramigna, page 53.


Franco Albini (1905-1977) was an influential Italian architect and designer renowned for his modernist approach and innovative contributions to the fields of architecture, furniture, and industrial design. Born in Robbiate, Italy, Albini’s creative journey began with his studies in architecture at the Politecnico di Milano, where he graduated in 1929. Albini’s design philosophy was deeply rooted in functionalism, emphasizing simplicity, practicality, and a harmonious integration of form and function. Throughout his career, he explored a wide range of design disciplines, including architecture, interior design, product design, and furniture design. One of Albini’s notable contributions was his work with materials such as rattan, which he creatively incorporated into his furniture designs, challenging traditional notions of structure and aesthetics.


His iconic “Margherita” and “Gala” chairs, characterized by their intricate woven patterns, are celebrated examples of his groundbreaking use of this natural material. Beyond furniture design, Albini also made significant architectural contributions, collaborating on projects such as the renowned “La Rinascente” department store in Milan and the iconic “Palazzo Rosso” in Genoa. His architectural designs showcased his ability to combine modernist principles with a deep respect for historical context and cultural heritage. Throughout his illustrious career, Franco Albini received numerous awards and honours, including the prestigious Compasso d’Oro award for his outstanding contributions to the field of design. His timeless designs continue to inspire and influence generations of designers, cementing his legacy as one of the pioneers of modern Italian design.


Roberto Poggi was a renowned Italian furniture maker known for his craftsmanship and avant-garde designs. He trained with his father, Carlo Poggi, in their prestigious carpentry studio in Pavia. Poggi’s collaboration with Neo-Rationalist designer Franco Albini in the late 1940s led to revolutionary designs, including the iconic Cicognino Side Table (1953). Their partnership produced numerous important pieces, characterized by Poggi’s commitment to exacting detail and quality craftsmanship. Collaborations with other designers, such as Ugo La Pietra, continued to yield success. Today, Poggi’s creations are highly sought after by collectors and are featured in prestigious collections, such as La Triennale di Milano’s permanent Italian design collection.

Designer: Franco Albini
Type: LB7 Bookcase
Manufacturer: Poggi
Year: 1957
Country: Italy
Materials: Teak wood, metal
Condition: Very good
Height: 265 cm
Width: 430 cm
Depth: 35 cm
Item nr: PMF23SE20

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