Italy, 1926 – 2004
Architect and designer
Beautiful coffee table designed by Gianfranco Frattini and manufactured by Cassina in Italy in 1960. Made from rich walnut wood, the table has a warmth and timeless appeal. The addition of refined brass details make it complete. The table consists of two generously sized round elements that form the table’s structure. The lower part is made from solid walnut, while the upper ring is made from glass. These elements are elegantly supported by four rounded walnut legs, creating a harmonious balance between these materials. The glass appears to float above the walnut base, held in place by a walnut wooden ring secured with brass bolts. The open centre part ha a versatile function that could be used as ditplay area for collectibles, magazines of the table can be used as dry bar to place bottles in the middle and glasses on the lower part. The table is in a very good original condition and has a floating and transparent design. Marked with the paper Cassina sticker on the bottom.
Gianfranco Frattini was born in Padua, Italy on May 15, 1926. He graduated with a degree in architecture from the Politecnico di Milano in 1953. He later became a member of the generation that created the Italian design movement in the late 1950s through the 1960s. Frattini opened his own professional practice in Milan, after having worked in the office of his teacher and mentor Gio Ponti. Frattini became an industrial designer by default when he lacked appropriate lighting and furniture for his interiors. His collaboration with Cesare Cassina for his namesake company started in 1954, followed by collaborations with many other manufacturers, such as Bernini, Arteluce, Acerbis, Fantoni, Artemide (for whom among others pieces with Livio Castiglioni he designed the historic Boalum lamp), Luci, Knoll, Lema and many others.
In 1956 he co-founded Associazione per il Disegno Industriale and throughout his career he practiced both industrial design and architecture, focusing mostly on interiors. He was a board member of the Triennale. Great connoisseur of wood craftsmanship, he forged a long and fruitful professional partnership with the master craftsman from Bovisio Masciago (Milan), Pierluigi Ghianda. Glassware designed by Gianfranco Frattini for Progetti is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art and the Boalum lamp (with Livio Castiglioni) produced by Artemide is in the collection of the Smithsonian, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.
|Materials:||Walnut, glass, brass|
|Condition:||Very good original|
|Holland / Belgium:||€ Free|
|Europe:||€ 150 - 750|
|Outside Europe:||€ 900 - 1850|