Franco Albini

Robbiate (LC), 17 October 1905 | Milan, 1 November 1977

PORTRAIT OF A MAN

‘elegance
sobriety
rigour
stubbornness
white shirt
irony
silence
discretion
curiosity
involvement’

PORTRAIT OF AN ARCHITECT

‘quest for perfection
experimentation
industriousness
rationalism
ethics
deconstruction / reconstruction
ingenuity
detail
function
substance’

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MANUAL SKILL

“Technique and materials are the means of expression architects have to hand.”

Throughout his constant and tireless career, Milanese architect Franco Albini worked alongside Roberto Poggi, the craftsman from Pavia who manufactured most of his pieces. Albini reworked his designs stubbornly and tenaciously, trying out countless solutions in a bid to achieve perfection.

His ongoing dialogue and exchange of ideas with Poggi, especially regarding technical details and construction particulars, as well as their deep mutual understanding and shared approach, helped build a method that still serves as an example for those embarking on this profession.

Meeting Albini was fundamental for us; it was just what we were looking for and we worked together for the next 27 years, followed by Franca Helg, Marco Albini, Antonio Piva”, said Roberto Poggi in an interview published in Domus in 1991.

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Margherita, schizzo

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Luisa, disegno tecnico