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it would seem that Italian furniture maker Poltrona Frau has triumphed at taking up daunting task of re-creating the albero, an iconic floor-to-ceiling free-standing bookcase first conceived in the 1950s by the late gianfranco frattini.


today, the updated albero remains the centerpiece of any room it stands in. serving both as a stimulating artisanal installation and a highly functional storage system, it features a center pole which holds any combination of 8 – 12 rectangular cube shelf units layered at various heights. the pole, extendable up to 11 feet, also sports a 360° swiveling function that provides enhanced versatility, functionality and aesthetic character to the albero.

albero has been mentioned in “The Top 10 Moments at Milan Design Week” of the new york times.

gianfranco frattini (1926 – 2004)

Gianfranco Frattini

apprentice to the late gio ponti, frattini was an influential figure in the realm of italian furniture design and architecture. as a member of the italian design movement in the 1950s and 60s and a founding member of the association of industrial design, he focused on craftsmanship and the acute details that make a piece of furniture stand the test of time. in honour of his contribution to the craft, frattini’s creations are being displayed at permanent collections of the largest design and decorative art museums in the world.

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