The art of making
“Technique and materials are the means of expression architects have to hand.”
In his designs for two rattan and cane chairs, Franco Albini demonstrates his recognition of the importance and nobility of popular tradition, paying homage to the craftsmanship of basket-makers in a creative rereading of their technique.
Margherita and Gala were presented at the XI Milan Triennial Exhibition. The former, created in partnership with Gino Colombini, was the first ever “legless” Italian design chair, and was awarded the Gold Medal at that particular edition; the latter was designed in partnership with Ezio Sgrelli.
The structure of both chairs is entirely open and requires no covering, a feature that confers an air of lightness. The cage-like construction lends elasticity and makes for a comfortable body support.
Both were manufactured by Bonacina from 1955 onwards.