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Gianfranco Frattini

Table Lamp 597

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Previously exhibited at Basel 2021.

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Gianfranco Frattini, masterful architect and designer, was one of the trailblazers of the golden era of Italian design. Frattini was concerned principally with interiors and industrial design. He was an assiduous participant in shows and exhibitions and his design projects won a large number of prizes. In 1956 Frattini was one of the founders of the ADI, Association of Industrial design, for which he carried out a lot of different activities. His presence was habitually felt at congresses, conventions and furniture fairs all over the world. Frattini designed the table lamp 597 for Arteluce in 1961. A central aluminium conical shaped base holds multiple light bu which are behind a curtain of ivory rayon. On top sits another light bulb inside the crater-shaped form.The decorative element of the fringe is a hint to the traditional lampshade. The base is made of black enameled aluminium and has small round orb feet.

G. Gramigna, Le fabbriche del design. I produttori dell’arredamento domestico in Italia, Allemandi, Torino 2007, p. 34; G. Gramigna, Repertorio del design italiano 1950-2000 per l’arredamento domestico, Allemandi, Torino 2003, p. 91

Lacquered aluminium.

Gianfranco Frattini


Gianfranco Frattini (born May 16, 1926, Padua, Italy–died April 6, 2004, Milan, Italy) was an Italian designer and architect and an important member of the generation that created the Italian design movement of the late 1950s through the 1960s. He studied architecture at Politecnico di Milano from 1949 until 1953, and in 1952 he started a four-year apprenticeship in the studio of Gio Ponti.

In 1954, Gianfranco Frattini started what would become a long-lasting collaboration with Cesare Cassina, founder of the furniture maker Cassina. This collaboration with the manufacturer incentivized Frattini to focus on designing furniture and to form more partnerships with many other furniture and design manufacturers, such as Bernini, Arteluce, Acerbis, Fantoni, Artemide, Luci, Knoll, and Lema.
In 1956, Gianfraco Frattini, along with numerous designers, artists, and critics of the time, cofounded the influential Associazione per il Disegno Industriale (ADI), and during the same year, he opened his first professional practice in Milan with architect and designer Franco Bettonica.

By the late 1950s, he had become a board member of the Triennale di Milano, and he remained involved in it for the rest of his life. As a great connoisseur of wood craftsmanship, he forged a long and fruitful professional partnership with the master Milanese wood craftsman and cabinetmaker Pierluigi Ghianda. Gianfranco Frattini’s most iconic designs are the Mod. 849 chair for Cassina (1956); the structurally unique Alberto bookcase for Poltrona Frau (1958); the Boalum lamp, which resembles a boa constrictor made out of translucid plastic tubing, designed with Livio Castiglioni for Artemide (1970); the Sesann chair and sofa for Cassina (1970); the Kioto table for Bottega Ghianda (1974); and several glass designs that he made for Progetti throughout the 1980s.

During his career, Frattini won many professional awards and prizes, including the prestigious Compasso d’Oro, the Triennale di Milano medal, and the Gran Premio awards.

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    40.0 x 44.0 x 40.0 cm (15.7 x 17.3 x 15.7 in)

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