Franco Albini was born in Robbiate, a small town near Como Italy. He is often considered to be the most important of the Italian neo-rationalist designers. He studied architecture at the Milan Polytechnic, graduating in 1929. His work helped herald in a wave of furniture design that successfully combined new forms of modernism with a more traditional artisanship. His work, both in architecture and design, displays a commitment to rigorous craftsmanship and elegance built on a minimalist aesthetic, unencumbered by extraneous ornamentation. Albini started out working in the studio of Gio Ponti. Opening his own studio in 1930. Recipient of three Compasso dOro awards.