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Miniature Gala

By Vitra


  • Description

    Each Vitra miniature is true to the original in construction and materials, and reduced in size on a scale of 1:6. Each miniature is packaged in a wooden box, accompanied by an informational booklet. Production notes: Each of the delicate objects are made by hand; on average, each miniature requires five hours of careful manual work. Ongoing quality control ensures that every miniature corresponds to its larger original in terms of finishing, details and materials.

    Franco Albini was one of the leading protagonists of Italian Neorationalism. His work offers profound insights into an important movement in Italian architecture and design during the 1950s.
    The scarcity of materials during the early postwar years inspired industrial designers to combine traditional crafts and organic, natural forms with innovative designs. Albini made an outstanding contribution to architecture and design by using readily available, inexpensive raw materials, with which he created distinctly modern chairs, like the Gala armchair. This chair represents a unique synthesis of minimalism, elegance and formal mastery.

  • Technical Info

    H16.0 x W18.0 x D14.5 cm

    Material: Wickerwork furniture of rattan and bamboo.

  • Designer
    Franco Albini

    Franco Albini (1905-1977) was an Italian Neo-Rationalist architect and designer.
    A native of Robbiate, near Milan, Albini obtained his degree in architecture at Politecnico di Milano University in 1929 and began his professional career working for Gio Ponti. He started displaying his works at Milan Triennale. In 1930 he opened his own practice. Through his creations, the modern furniture design merged the Italian traditional artisanship with the new forms of modernism. In his creations, he used raw, inexpensive materials. He exploited the very skilled Italian craftsmanship. This also meant an elegant design based on a minimalist aesthetic. One of the first, successful works in 1939 was a radio, made of lucite, so to show its internal components. In 1950 Albini designed the famous and fashionable Margherita and Gala chairs, made of woven cane. In 1952 he created the Fiorenza armchair for Arflex; in 1955 the Luisa chair; in 1956 the Rocking chaise for Poggi. In the 1960s he worked on industrial design as well as important architectural projects. In 1961 he designed the Rome Rinascente building. Three years later he designed with a team of experts many Milan subway stations. In 1964 the television set he created for Brionvega was displayed at the Milan Triennial. In the same year, he created various lamps for Arteluce. Albini obtained three Compasso d'Oro awards, the most prestigious Italian design prize.

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  • Delivery

    4-6 weeks

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