Blast from the Past

Designing in a time of scarcity: a lesson from the 1930s


When Italian architect and designer Franco Albini passed away, in 1977, the word circular economy didn’t exist. Yet his approach is perfectly suited to an era looking for sustainable solutions, such as ours

If you are passionate about design you probably know a lot about Franco Albini who authored some of the most iconic furniture pieces as well as architectures and urban projects (should this not be the case, there is a useful biography here).  While Albini’s life achievements are well known, his design approach isn’t, mainly because he never codified it despite working rigorously with it. His son Marco recently did though. After working for years with his father, he came up with the 5 points recipe which is the focus of our story: because the way Franco Albini designed almost a…

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