Franco Albini
(1905-1977)
Franco Albini (1905-1977) was an Italian Neo-Rationalist architect and designer. He was born in 1905 in the countryside north of Milan in a peasant and domestic culture.
After high school Franco Albini obtained his degree in architecture at “Politecnico di Milano University” in 1929, and began his professional career working for Gio Ponti. 
Through his creations, the modern furniture design merged the Ital­ian traditional artisanship with the new forms of modernism. 
In 1950 Albini designed the famous and fashionable “Margherita” and “Gala” chairs, made of rattan. Today they are a part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, NY (MOMA).
In 1951, Franco Albini designed an ottoman made of rattan, which is an original, artistic and elegant piece of furniture. It truly distinguish itself as an all-round multi purpose furniture. Albini obtained three Compasso d’Oro awards, the most prestigious Italian design prize.

 

Arne Jacobsen
(1902-1971)

Arne Jacobsen first hoped to become a painter, but he was admitted to the Architecture School at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts from 1924 to 1927. 

Still a student, in 1925 Jacobsen participated in the Paris Art Deco fair, Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes, where he won a silver medal, for his first furniture design, which was a chair made in rattan, simply called: “The Paris chair“

Sika-Design relaunches this sculptural rattan chair, and it will be presented on the furniture fairs in Cologne in January, and in Stockholm in February 2014

R. Wengler

One of the pioneers in rattan production.

Wicker maker Robert Wengler was now known as the best wicker maker in Denmark and many architects came to his workshop to get know-how and understanding about weaving and wicker work. Among those were Danish architects Arne Jacobsen, Viggo Boesen, Nanna & Jørgen Ditzel and Kay Bojesen. They had many of their prototypes made in R. Wenglers workshop in Copenhagen.

Today R. Wengler stands as one of the pioneers in Rattan production. What he did to the craftsmanship and the way he challenged the material, makes ground for the way we know rattan furniture today.

 

Nanna Ditzel
(1923-2005)

Nanna Ditzel graduated as a furniture designer in 1946 at Design School Copenhagen, in the age of just 23 years.

Before that she was educated as a cabinetmaker - a background that gave her a basic understanding of the furniture function prior to its design. Nanna Ditzel’s design was experimental and innovative at the same time.

Nanna Ditzel managed to become a successful woman in a very male-dominated time of Danish furniture design

 

Viggo Boesen
(1907-1985)

Furniture design with an organic flow that embrace the body smoothly and tenderly, is a delight to the eye as well solid and durable.

Inspired by a design competition held by the Danish wicker-maker guild in 1936, Viggo Boesen embarked on rattan furniture design combining modernist style with the hard wear qualities of the rattan material.

Viggo Boesen’s FOX lounge chair won the design competition in 1936. His inspiring, imaginative designs made him unique and put him among the designers of the “Danish golden age”.

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