Gianfranco Frattini drawer cabinet Bernini Italy 1957

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Gianfranco Frattini

Italy, 1926 – 2004
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This special drawer console table was designed by Gianfranco Frattini and made by Bernini in Italy in 1957. Versatility is the main feature of tis piece. You can use it in the middle of a room, as a coffee table, as a divider, a console table, a TV stand, or simply as a side table. The console has 4 drawers, each with elegant integrated handles, for storing small items. The rosewood veneer on this piece is beautiful, with a unique grain pattern. The front of the drawers looks like a piece of art because the design is perfectly symmetrical. You’ll find the original Bernini sticker inside the left drawer. The console is in good original condition.

 

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.

 

Designer: Gianfranco Frattini
Type: Drawer cabinet
Manufacturer: Bernini
Year: 1957
Country: Italy
Materials: Rosewood
Condition: Very good, original
Height: 39 cm
Width: 140 cm
Depth: 52 cm
Item nr: AF22AP24

Holland / Belgium: € Free
Europe: € 150 - 500
Outside Europe: € 900 - 1500

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