Don Albinson (1921- 2008) – American furniture designer

Albinson Chair by Don Albinson
Don Albinson stacking chair

Don Albinson (1921 -2008) was an American Furniture Designer.

Education

He studied in Sweden, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and Yale University.

Biography

Don Albinson black and white photo
Don Albinson black and white photo

He took Charles Eames’ industrial and product design courses at Cranbrook. In 1946, he joined the Eames Office and worked on the moulded plywood series of chairs designed by Charles and Ray Eames. The Eameses treated him like a son, and he stayed with them in their Los Angeles apartment for six months. Albinson was instrumental in creating many of the furniture items produced for Herman Miller as a critical member of staff at the Eames Office, especially the Aluminium Group chairs of 1958. Many of the technological and design advances in furniture produced by the Eameses can be attributed to Albinson’s knowledge of manufacturing processes and engineering. Albinson quit the Eames Office in 1959 after 13 years and was hired as Knoll International’s director of design production in 1964. His first project for Knoll was the hugely popular Albinson chair in die-cast aluminium and polypropylene, which debuted in 1965.

Stacking chair

Knoll’s 1965 stacking Albinson chair was similar to British Designer’s Robin Day trendy chair for Hille, although Albinson’s was more sophisticated. They stack, hook together side by side and are comfortable to sit in. After Knoll, he became a consultant designer to Westinghouse on office seating and furniture systems.

Albinson said that the essential consideration in the design of his chair was to go farther than previous designers did in fitting chairs to persons of different dimensions.

Knoll International Graphic Program: The Albinson Chair 1967
Knoll International Graphic Program: The Albinson Chair 1967

Exhibitions

Chairs shown in 1968 ‘Les Assises du siège contemporain’ exhibition, Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris.

Received the 1967 American Architectural Design Award and 1967 AID award.

Toward the end of his career, Don Albinson believed that now that American production and design expertise had achieved the ultimate goal of everything for everyone. It was time for design to solve real problems like affordable shelter, efficient mass transportation and delivery of goods without wasteful packaging.

Sources

Boston Book and Art. (1971). Modern Chairs, 1918-1970. Retrieved from https://amzn.to/3CQhEfV.

Byars, M., & Riley, T. (2004). The design encyclopedia. Laurence King Publishing.

Fiell, C., & Fiell, P. (2021). Design of the 20th Century. Taschen. Retrieved from https://amzn.to/3CRYDd6.

Kirkham, P., Eames, C., & Eames, R. (1998). Charles and Ray Eames designers of the Twentieth Century. MIT Press. Retrieved from https://amzn.to/3nTMFva.

Meikle, J. L. (2014). Design in the USA. Oxford University Press. Retrieved from https://amzn.to/3FRNVW5.

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    Both his parents came from Ninove; father Eysselinck had ended up in Tienen as an employee at the railway company. Gaston Eysselinck was educated at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent, where he was taught by Geo Henderick, among others. Eysselinck was able to interpret foreign influences in a personal way in a short period. Read More →

  • James Evanson (b.1946) American furniture and lighting designer

    James Evanson stools

    James Evanson has been at the forefront of the “functional art” movement around the world. His work has travelled worldwide since his first exhibition in 1979 at the Art et Industrie Gallery in New York. For the Memphis Collection in Milan, new work was created just for the occasion. The “Lighthouse” lamps gained international acclaim and became an icon of the 1980s.Read More →

  • Wharton Esherick (1887 – 1970) American Sculptor and Furniture Designer

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    As a result, his sculptural furniture and furnishings are his most well-known works. For his leadership in designing non-traditional designs and supporting and inspiring artists/craftspeople by example, Esherick was dubbed the “dean of American artisans” by his peers during his lifetime. Esherick’s impact can still be apparent in contemporary artisans’ work, especially in the Studio Craft Movement.Read More →

  • Flavio Conti Italian architect and designer

    Flavio Conti

    Flavio Conti is an Italian architect and designer; born Legnago, Verona; active Milan.  He studiedRead More →

  • Hans & Lise Isbrand Danish furniture designers

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    Lise and Hans Isbrand have shown up at the SE shows multiple times with intriguing and experimental prototypes. Their work, on the other hand, tends to be more focused on ordinary life. As a result, they are responsible for various fascinating workplace furniture, inventive culinary utensils, and other items.Read More →

  • Matthew Hilton (b.1957) British furniture & product designer

    Matthew Hilton furniture

    Hilton graduated from Kingston Polytechnic in 1979 after attending Portsmouth College of Art and then Kingston Polytechnic. He worked as an industrial designer and model maker till 1984 after graduating.Read More →

  • Luigi Massoni (b.1930) Italian Industrial Designer

    After a period of training at the Collettivo di Architettura in Milan and his first professional experiences between 1953 and 1955, he began his design career by making the cocktail shaker (1957, with Carlo Mazzeri) and the Serie 5 containers, which are still in production, for AlessiRead More →

  • Bruno Mathsson (1907 – 1988) Swedish Designer & Architect

    Bruno Mathsson Swedish Designer & Architect

    Mathsson grew up in the town of Värnamo in Sweden’s Smland region, the son of a master cabinet maker. After a brief period of schooling, he began working in his father’s gallery.Read More →

  • Konstantin Grcic Unveils – CUP Chair For Plank | 🇩🇪 German Design

    CUP Chair For Plank

    For travellers, the benefits of plastic shell suitcases have come to be appreciated. They are extremely light and flexible, yet powerful and good looking. Suitcases made of thin vacuum-formed plastic sheets have completely transformed the product category. As a designer of the furniture, Konstantin Grcic was surprised by this ingenuity and the suitability of the modern chair covers for production and performance. Read More →

  • Ini Archibong’s debut collection for Sé explores delicacy and strength

    The series, also known as Collection IV by the brand, was released over a two-year period. It is the Nigerian American designer’s first collaboration with Sé and his most extensive furniture collection to date.Read More →

  • Ronald-Cecil Sportes – French architect and designer

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    Ronald-Cecil Sportes is a French architect and designer. He was born Orleanville (Algeria) and professionally active in Paris. He studied at the Ecole des Arts Appliques et des Metiers d’Arts, Paris. Read More →

  • Donald Deskey (1894 – 1989) an American industrial, furniture and interior designer

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    Donald Deskey was an American industrial, furniture, and interior designer. He was born in Blue Earth, Minnesota. He was professionally active in New York. He may have lacked the European sophistication and architectural training of his friend Paul Frankl. However, he created a uniquely American modern style that combined streamlining with French Art Deco taste.Read More →

  • Leolux LX Armchair of High Comfort

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    and comfortable armchair. The walnut or oak wooden plywood shell, upholstered in fabric or leather, is the focal point. Customization is also possible with the aluminium swivel base. For that ultimate touch, this can be completed in polished aluminium or an Epoxy colour.Read More →

  • Bern Chandley Australian Furniture Designer ♡

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    Windsor chairs feature incredibly robust construction that allows them to withstand years of abuse. Numerous original chairs date back approximately 300 years. All Windsor chairs have sturdy hand-carved seats with round tenons on all parts. The mortices, which are drilled through the seat and then reamed at 6 degrees, match the leg tenons’ taper of 6 degrees. A wedge is hammered into the top of the leg after it is cemented in place, creating a solid and durable joint.Read More →

  • The Sofa: A Brief History 📖

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    The Sofa is without a doubt the most noticeable piece of furniture in the living room, and its reign as the centrepiece has long been unchallenged. This furniture standard may appear to have been around for a long time, yet it was once just a notion in someone’s head before it gained popularity and international recognition. Read More →

  • Shimmer Side Table designed by Patricia Urquiola

    Shimmer Side Table designed by Patricia Urquiola

    The superb iridescent multichromatic finish, a characteristic of the Shimmer line, was achieved by enhanced processing procedures, a deteriorating shaded silvering mix, and the magnificent iridescent multichromatic finish.Read More →

  • PLUMY sofa by Annie Hiéronimus ⚜️

    Plumy Sofa by Annie Hiéronimus featured image

    The Plumy line was inspired by the 1980s and is a revival of the famous model that first debuted over 35 years ago. Plumy’s enveloping design is the ultimate of comfort and relaxation, made entirely of bonded blocks of polyether and Bultex polyurethane foams of various densities.Read More →

  • Luca Erba (b. 1984) Italian Designer & Architect

    Luca Erba furniture featured image

    He creates projects spanning architecture to decor, interior design, and bespoke collections using thorough territorial, material, and formal research as the cornerstones of his creative process.Read More →

  • Echoes Chaise Longue by Christophe Pillet

    Echoes Chaise Longue by Christophe Pillet

    The Echoes S.H. chaise longue expresses a different stylistic interpretation by combining metal framework with cowhide: a traditional, eye-catching combination that, thanks to the ergonomic curves of the seat and backrest, also provides the utmost in comfort.Read More →

  • Grogan Sofa for Moroso by Patricia Urquiola

    Grogan Sofa for Moroso by Patricia Urquiola

    The name and inspiration for Moroso’s Gogan sofa come from Japanese culture. The shape of the sofa is reminiscent of flat stones moulded by natural elements that safeguard and adorn river and lake borders. Solid, yet not so smooth that they may be stacked on top of one another.Read More →

  • Johan Rohde (1856 – 1935) Danish Architect, Metalworker & Designer

    Cosmos pattern waste bowl (1915) designed by Johan Rohde

    He was born in Randers, where he graduated from grammar school in 1875 and studied medicine before turning to art and painting. In 1882, he enrolled in the Academy after studying privately with Wenzel Torne.Read More →

  • Jamie Hayon Spanish artist and designer

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    In subsequent solo exhibits and shows at major galleries, and design and art fairs all over the globe, Jaime further established his vision. His large consumer base has spanned numerous functions and media, including domestic furniture for B.D., following the establishment of Hayon Studio in 2001. Barcelona, Cassina, Fritz Hansen, & Tradition, and Magis; Parachilna, Metalarte and Swarovski lighting fixtures; and sophisticated Bisazza, Lladró and Baccarat objects.Read More →

  • René Prou (1913 – 1991) French Interior & Furniture Designer

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    In 1908, he developed his first piece for the Gouffé furniture company in Paris. He later rose to the position of chief designer. He designed the council chamber of the Comptoir d’Escompte in Paris and the apartment of the French ambassador in Paraguay in 1912, earning him the title of “first designer of the goût moderne.”Read More →

  • Lisa Krohn (b.1963) American Industrial Designer

    Longhorn Table by by Lisa Krohn

    Lisa Krohn studied three-dimensional form with Rowena Reed Kostello, New York, between 1985 and 1986. From 1985 to 1985, she studied art history and visual arts at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. From 1988 to 1988, she was a student at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.Read More →

  • Michel Dufet (1888 – 1985) French interior designer & writer

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    He attended the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris to study painting and architecture. In 1913, he founded the MAM (Mobilier Artistique Moderne) decorating workshop at 3 Avenue de l’Opéra in Paris, producing modern furniture, wallpaper, fabrics, and lighting.Read More →

  • Gabriel Englinger (1898 – 1983) French artist, decorator, furniture designer

    Savonerie carpet made by designer Gabriel Englinger

    He worked in the Galeries Lafayette department store’s La Maitrise design workshop from 1922 to 1928. At the same time, he worked for Cornille as a designer and furniture builder. Studio Abran created a 1928 boudoir and a 1929 work cabinet and smoking stand, among other ensembles. Read More →

  • Sergio Asti (1926 – 2021) Italian Designer and Architect

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    Asti was born in the city of Milan. In 1956, he founded his design firm after graduating from the Polytechnic University of Milan with a degree in architecture. He was one of the founding members of the Associazione per il Disegno Industriale in the same year.Read More →

  • Mattia Bonetti (b. 1953) Swiss furniture designer

    Barbare Chair, 1981 by Mattia Monetti

    Bonetti worked as a stylist and photographer before becoming a furniture designer. He began creating furniture in 1979. Every piece he creates starts with a freehand sketch that is subsequently constructed. Read More →

  • Finn Juhl (1912 – 1989) influential Danish Designer

    Finn Juhl interior

    Finn Juhl was one of the most influential Danish designers of the 20th century and closely associated with the Danish Modern concept. Juhl was widely known for his furniture design and product design, with a lesser but excellent reputation for architecture and interior design.Read More →

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