Franco Albini and Franca Helg - Design London Tuesday, November 9, 2021 | Phillips

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  • The present pair of glass chandeliers were conceived by Franco Albini and Franca Helg for palazzo I.N.C.I.S.A, a mid-1960s office building in Parma, Italy. The building was designed by architect Aurelio Cortesi who had worked in Franco Albini’s studio. A close study of the pieces by the Fondazione Franco Albini suggests that they are bespoke early designs of the later chandelier model designed by Albini and Helg as part of their AM/AS series manufactured by Sirrah. Albini and Helg each had illustrious individual careers as modern architects and designers as well as a prolific creative partnership between the 1950s and 1970s. Together they established the Albini-Helg architectural practice known for striking mid-century buildings such as the La Rinascente department store in Rome (1957) and the Olivetti shop in Paris (1958).


    The present lot has been registered in the Fondazione Franco Albini, Milan as number LS01C.


    The present chandeliers in situ at the palazzo I.N.C.I.S.A, Parma  CREDIT: No credit needed
    The present chandeliers in situ at the palazzo I.N.C.I.S.A, Parma
    • Provenance

      Palazzo I.N.C.I.S.A, Parma
      Private collection, Modena


Pair of large chandeliers, model no. AS/433G3T

circa 1966
Glass, nickel-plated metal.
Each: 149 cm (58 5/8 in.) drop
Together with a certificate of expertise from the Fondazione Franco Albini.

Full Cataloguing

£15,000 - 20,000 Ω

Sold for £32,760

Contact Specialist

Antonia King
Head of Sale, Design


London Auction 9 November 2021