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Gianfranco Frattini

Emmanuelle Vidal finds for you the most beautiful pieces of the second half of the XXth century.

Gianfranco Frattini (1926 - 2004) was an Italian architect and industrial designer belonging to the generation that participated in the revival of Italian design from the late 1950s to the 1960s. He graduated in architecture from theMilan Polytechnic in 1953 and began his first collaboration with Giò Ponti, his teacher and mentor, before setting up his own design agency. Gianfranco Frattini soon began collaborating with the major publishing houses: Cassina, then Knoll, Artemide, Bernini and Fantoni. In 1956, together with several other designers, he founded theAssociation for Industrial Design (ADI ) and regularly participated in exhibitions and other events. He designed numerous pieces of furniture, some of which are still very successful today. TheBoalum lamp (1969), which he designed with Livio Castiglioni, is certainly one of his most famous pieces. Gianfranco Frattini is also renowned for his mastery of wood. His projects have been awarded numerous prizes, including the prestigious Compasso d'Oro.

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