Franco Albini & Franca Helg

Franco Albini (1905-1977) is often considered to be the most important of the Italian \”Neo-Rationalist\” designers. Much of his furniture was designed to make use of the inexpensive raw materials available in Italy, in the post war years when other materials were scarce. His work, both in architecture and design, displays a commitment to a rigorous craftsmanship and elegance built on a minimalist aesthetic, unencumbered by extraneous ornamentation. From 1952 the designer and architect Franca Helg was Franco Albini\’s business partner; she played a crucial role in numerous Albini designs.