Franco Albini was an Italian architect and designer, renowned for merging modern, minimalist furniture design with traditional Italian craftsmanship. In his creations he used raw, inexpensive materials. He had great success in the 1950s when he created a range of distinguished furniture designs, including the famous and fashionable rattan chairs that remain on permanent exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York. During his distinguished career, Albini won three Compasso D'Oro awards, the most prestigious Italian design prize.
Several Albini designs, including his eponymous ottoman and the Belladonna sofa, were licensed by Sika Design and brought back into production. His elegant designs hold up in today's minimalist aesthetic.