Franco Albini TL2 Cavalletto table Poggi Italy 1950






Franco Albini

Italy 1905 – 1977
Architect, designer

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Iconic and early example of the TL2 ‘Cavalletto’ table designed by Franco Albini and manufactured by Poggi in Italy around 1950. The table has an amazing dynamic and archtectural shape with symmetrical angles and a mix of materials making it one of Albini’s famous designs. It has a walnut frame with brass bars for support and a rosewood top with a nice colorful warm veneer. Franco Albini had a simple idea for this special desk – to keep it minimal and use the push and pull of forces to make it look super light. The table is a mix of careful planning and practical use finding a balance between stability and look great. Despite its simple look Albini really carefully thought about it. The stable frame seems like it was made on the spot, with sizes and weights kept to a minimum. This table is a great example of Franco Albini’s smart thinking and creativity. In very good original condition. Chair on the pictures is not included in this listing.


Literature; Repertorio Del Design Italiano 195o~2000 Volume 1 Giuliana Gramigna, page 21


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.


Designer: Franco Albini
Type: TL2 'Cavaletto' table
Manufacturer: Poggi
Year: 1954
Country: Italy
Materials: Walnut, rosewood
Condition: Very good, original
Height: 70 cm
Width: 180 cm
Depth: 70 cm
Item nr: MF23OK12

Holland / Belgium: € 50
Europe: € 150 - 450
Outside Europe: € 750 - 1250

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