What I mostly love about mid-century furniture by Italian architect Franco Albini (1905 – 1977) is how it came to bridge the local traditional artisanship with modernist forms. His pieces are elegant and carry sense of perfection, innovation, and minimalism. Albini began his career at the prestigious office of Gio Ponti in Milan, before opening his own practice in 1930. He first came to fame with the steel, glass, and wood desk which he designed in 1928 for Knoll (above and down below) which features an exquisite balance, and then with the glass radio that he created in 1939, both in the Rationalist mode. Among his most sought-after pieces by collectors are the "Margherita" and "Gala" chairs, made of woven cane; the "Fiorenza" armchair for Arflex; the "Luisa" chair; and the "Rocking chaise" for Poggi; for his achievements he was a three-time recipient of the Compasso d'Oro awards, among the most prestigious of all Italian design prizes.