Arteluce 597 • Gianfranco Frattini
- Floor lamps
Gianfranco Frattini (1926-2004) was an Italian designer and architect and a great contributor to the Italian design movement through the 1960s.
Frattini designed the table lamp 597 for Arteluce in 1961, the golden era of Italian design. A central aluminium conical shaped base holds multiple light bulbs which are behind a curtain of ivory rayon. On top sits another light bulb inside a 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.
Gianfranco Frattini (1926-2004) 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 and in 1952 he started a four-year apprenticeship in the studio of Gio Ponti.
By the late 1950s, Frattini 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 several Italian companies such as Cassina, Ghana, Bernini…
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.
Chrome, Lacquered Metal and Rayon
Repertorio del design italiano 1950-2000 per
l’arredamento domestico, Allemandi, Torino 2003, p. 91