leah's ebay find: franco albini rattan stool

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Photo by Francois Halard for Vogue, also borrowed from Habitually Chic

Created in 1951 by famed Italian designer Franco Albini, who trained under the legendary Gio Ponti and went on to do work for Knoll, this minty rattan footstool combines modern form with traditional craftsmanship and simple, natural materials. It measures 26 inches wide by 18 inches tall. The above photo shows one lolling casually in designer David Netto’s Richard Neutra house in L.A. How would you use yours? It could be an ottoman, extra seating, even a coffee or side table stacked with art books and topped with a tray to hold your coffee mug. Current bid: $300. (And just so you know, comparable Albini stools go for upwards of $700 from high-end dealers and on 1stDibs.) Bid now. –Leah H.

See more of Leah’s great finds on her blog, More Ways to Waste Time.

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Huh. We had a footstool just like that in our living room when I was growing up. I wonder if my parents still have it, or if it’s fallen apart now.

No way! My grandma had one of those when I was growing up. I remember tilting it on it’s side and pretending the inside was a home for my Barbies!

Love it. I don’t need it, but I sure would like to have this footstool in my house.

my mom had one of those too, i’d say take care if you are seeking one out on ebay, i am pretty sure ours was from sears and thus probably wouldn’t fetch that price but it sure as heck looked like that so you know, be aware.

also, sorry, i think it’s goofy looking.

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