Franco Albini’s style confirms the rigour of his method where the utilisation of technological processes reinforces the coherence and rationality of the synthesis pursued. Since 1949, with the furnishing of the Pirovano refuge in Cortina, he and the brothers Ezio and Roberto Poggi, artisans from Pavia, showed their intention in the production excellence of every single object, beginning with the choice of materials, primarily wood for furniture treated during open pore finishing. The collaboration with the Poggis would turn out to be long-lasting. In this context, in 1954 Albini designed the Badano project, a table or better a system, which bears the name of the client and includes the development of different configurations with the composition of the basic elements. Refined, elegant, Badano, recreated in 2020 by Codiceicona, still replicates its timeless design today and inspires different ways to use it. In Albini’s style, in his ideational process, the search for ethical justification is constant. He graduated in Architecture from Milan Polytechnic in 1929 and initially collaborated with Studio Ponti-Lancia.
In 1931, he opened his studio in Milan with Giovanni Palanti and Riccardo Camus. He participated in the 5th Triennale in 1933, with Pagano at the Housing Exhibition, with Camus Masera and Palanti at the Furniture unit. For the Aeronautics Exhibition in Milan in 1934, he curated the hall dedicated to aerodynamics. In 1940, he participated in the 7th Triennale in Milan, responsible for a section of the Exhibition of Criteria of the House of Today. In 1951 at the 9th Triennale he presented the Luisa chair which would be awarded the La Rinascente, Compasso d’Oro prize in 1955. Franca Helg was associated with the Studio in 1952. In 1963, Albini, along with Helg, designed the stations on line one of the Milan subway, with graphics by Bob Nord, receiving the Compasso d’Oro in 1964. Ethical justification is therefore an unexceptionable peculiarity of Franco Albini’s poetics, of his teaching as lecturer in Milan and Venice, of his interest in design of architecture, museum and trade fairs, furnishings, where his mark remains clear proof of priority excellence.