Gianfranco Frattini was an Italian architect and designer. He is a member of the generation that created the Italian design movement in the late 1950s through the 1960s. He graduated from Milan Polytechnic with a degree in Architecture in 1953 and joined Gio Ponti's studio. In 1954, thanks to Ponti, he began working with Cesare Cassina, who would always remain an important figurehead for him. Frattini was one of the founders of ADI and was involved in the management of the Triennale di Milano on several occasions. He opened his own design studio in Milan and worked with numerous companies in the field of furniture and lighting design including Bernini, Arteluce, Knoll and Artemide. Frattini won many professional awards and prizes, among them the prestigious Compasso d’Oro in 1956.
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