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Gianfranco Frattini Lighting

Italian, 1926-2004

Gianfranco Frattini is widely regarded as a mid-century master of Italian modern design. He was an award-winning architect and designer, and specialized in creating furniture and decor that is both decorative and practical — Frattini’s vintage desks, armchairs, nesting tables and other works are celebrated for their sophisticated merging of function and form.

Born in Padua in 1926, Frattini studied architecture at the Polytechnic University of Milan. He later apprenticed with his teacher and mentor, Gio Ponti. Through Ponti — arguably the most important figure in 20th-century Italian architecture and design — Frattini met many notable modernist designers such as Oscar Niemeyer and Le Corbusier, but an introduction to famed Italian entrepreneur Cesare Cassina would prove incredibly significant in helping launch his career.

During the mid-1950s, Frattini began to collaborate with Cassina’s eponymous company. He designed the brand’s acclaimed leather and walnut Model 849 lounge chair — a winner of the Compasso d’Oro award — the Marema nesting tables and the iconic Sesann collection. The latter, an enduring 1970s suite of impossibly welcoming leather-covered seating, is now produced by Tacchini. In addition to Cassina, Frattini created furniture and lighting for other manufacturers such as Bernini, Arteluce, Artemide, Knoll and more.

While many of his designs incorporate glass, tubular steel and other materials, Frattini loved working with wood. The sculptural Albero bookcase — an innovative floor-to-ceiling structure made in walnut that swings on a 360-degree vertical swivel axis — is a striking example of Frattini’s dedication to traditional woodworking techniques. In the early 1970s, he traveled to Japan with friend and collaborator Pierluigi Ghianda — a master Milanese cabinet maker — in order to study the work of artisans in Kyoto. The trip inspired his design of the Kyoto table, a work of solid beech with Canaletto walnut inserts that is part of the permanent collection of the Milan Triennale’s Design Museum. The Kyoto and Albero have been revived by Poltrona Frau.

Frattini’s designs are in the permanent collections of prestigious museums such as the Museum of Modern Art and the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.

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Creator: Gianfranco Frattini
Pair of Gianfranco Frattini for Artemide Wallights, Italy, 1960s
By Gianfranco Frattini, Artemide
Located in Berlin, DE
Pair of Gianfranco Frattini for Artemide Wallights, Italy, 1960s.
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gianfranco Frattini Lighting

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Metal

Gianfranco Frattini Megaron Floor Lamp for Artemide
By Artemide, Gianfranco Frattini
Located in Glendale, CA
Gianfranco Frattini Megaron floor lamp for Artemide. New modern edition of the design Classic by Gianfranco Frattini from 1979. The elegant uplighter radiates with its timeless outer...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Gianfranco Frattini Lighting

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Aluminum, Steel

Gianfranco Frattini 'Megaron' Floor Lamp for Artemide in Aluminum
By Gianfranco Frattini, Artemide
Located in Glendale, CA
Gianfranco Frattini 'Megaron' floor lamp for Artemide in aluminum. New modern edition of the design classic by Gianfranco Frattini from 1979. The elegant uplighter radiates with its ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Gianfranco Frattini Lighting

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Aluminum, Steel

Gianfranco Frattini Table Lamp Metal Glass, 1979, Italy
By Gianfranco Frattini
Located in Milano, IT
Gianfranco Frattini table lamp metal glass, 1979, Italy.
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1970s Italian Other Vintage Gianfranco Frattini Lighting

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Glass

Gianfranco Frattini 'Megaron' Floor Lamp for Artemide in Black
By Artemide, Gianfranco Frattini
Located in Glendale, CA
Gianfranco Frattini 'Megaron' floor lamp for Artemide in black. New modern edition of the design classic by Gianfranco Frattini from 1979. The elegant uplighter radiates with its tim...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Gianfranco Frattini Lighting

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Aluminum, Steel

Pair of Black Megaron Lamps by Gianfranco Frattini for Artemide
By Gianfranco Frattini, Artemide
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A pair of minimalist 1970’s black megaron lamps by Gianfranco Frattini for Artemide. Minimal wear to both and no severe damage or imperfections on the rubber bases. One lamp is missi...
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1970s Italian Minimalist Vintage Gianfranco Frattini Lighting

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Metal

Artemide Megaron LED Floor Lamp in Black by Gianfranco Frattini
By Gianfranco Frattini, Artemide
Located in Hicksville, NY
The Artemide Megaron floor LED is the new modern edition of the design classic by Gianfranco Frattini from 1979. Steel base coated with thermoplastic resin. Body in polished anodized...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Gianfranco Frattini Lighting

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Aluminum, Steel

Gianfranco Frattini 'Adonis' for Luci Italia, Halogen Floor Lamp, 1980's
By Gianfranco Frattini, Luci Italia
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Large metal floor lamp with silver glass lamp shade and dimmable halogene light. Gianfranco Frattini was an Italian architect and designer. He started working for himself after havi...
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1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gianfranco Frattini Lighting

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Metal

1979 Halogen Table Lamp '' Abele'' from Luci , Italia
By Gianfranco Frattini, Luci Italia
Located in St- Leonard, Quebec
Powerfull halogen table / desk lamp designed by Gianfranco Frattini . Extruded aluminium body powder coated in a black semi-gloss finish. Accurate rotating dimmer on base. Take...
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1970s Italian Modern Vintage Gianfranco Frattini Lighting

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Aluminum

Vintage Floor Lamp by Gianfranco Frattini for Relco Italia, Italy, 1980s
By Gianfranco Frattini, Relco Italia
Located in Roma, IT
Vintage Floor Lamp is an original design item realized by Gianfranco Frattini for Relco Italia, Italy 1980s. Adjustable light diffuser; brass details and cast iron base. Dimens...
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1980s Italian Vintage Gianfranco Frattini Lighting

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Brass, Iron

Gianfranco Frattini, Table Lamp, Aluminium, Silk, Italy, 1960s
By Gianfranco Frattini
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An aluminum and silk cord table lamp produced by Gianfranco Frattini, Italy, 1961.
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gianfranco Frattini Lighting

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Aluminum

Gianfranco Frattini Floor Lights '2' Opal Glass Grid Black White, Italy, 1970
By Gianfranco Frattini
Located in Vienna, AT
Very rare pair of 75" Gianfranco Frattini floor lights from the 1970's- sold individually. Absolutely cool and stylish floor lamps that seem to derive from the post modern era but...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gianfranco Frattini Lighting

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Metal

Gianfranco Frattini for Arteluce Pendant
By Gianfranco Frattini, Arteluce
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Gianfranco Frattini for Arteluce, pendant or ceiling light model 597/S, chromium-plated metal, chromed aluminum, painted aluminum, rayon, textured glass, Italy, 1961. Gianfranco F...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gianfranco Frattini Lighting

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Metal, Aluminum

Vintage Floor Lamp by Gianfranco Frattini, 1960s
By Gianfranco Frattini
Located in Roma, IT
Floor lamp is an original design lamp realized by Gianfranco Frattini in 1960s. Made in Italy. A vintage metal lamp with lampshade in white fabric. Gianfranco Frattini (Padu...
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1960s Italian Vintage Gianfranco Frattini Lighting

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Metal

1979 Halogen Floor Lamp '' Veronica'', from Luci Italia
By Gianfranco Frattini, Luci Italia
Located in St- Leonard, Quebec
Powerful halogen floor lamp designed by Gianfranco Frattini . Extruded aluminium body powder coated in a black semi-gloss finish. On/off switch on stem. Take one regular 50 wa...
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1970s Italian Modern Vintage Gianfranco Frattini Lighting

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Aluminum

Model 597 Table Lamp by Gianfranco Frattini for Arteluce
By Gianfranco Frattini, Arteluce
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Model 597 Table lamp by Gianfranco Frattini for Arteluce. Designed and manufactured in Italy, circa 1970's. Silk fringe, aluminum. Original EU cord. We recommend six E27 25w maximum ...
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1970s European Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gianfranco Frattini Lighting

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Aluminum

Artemide Megaron Led Floor Lamp in Polished Aluminum by Gianfranco Frattini
By Gianfranco Frattini, Artemide
Located in Hicksville, NY
The Artemide Megaron floor led is the new modern edition of the design Classic by Gianfranco Frattini from 1979. Steel base coated with thermoplastic resin. Body in polished anodi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Gianfranco Frattini Lighting

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Aluminum

Postmodern Italian Floor Lamp RT3 Designed by Gianfranco Frattini for Relco
By Gianfranco Frattini, Relco Italia
Located in Doornspijk, NL
This floor lamp was designed by Gianfranco Frattini for Relco. It can both be used as an uplighter and as a reading light. With built-in dimmer. No longer in production.
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1980s Italian Post-Modern Vintage Gianfranco Frattini Lighting

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Steel

20th Century Italian Design Floor Lamp Megaron by Frattini for Artemide, 1970s
By Gianfranco Frattini
Located in Casale Monferrato, IT
Beautiful floor lamp in enameled metal 1970s Italian design model Megaron by Gianfranco Frattini for Artemide. Working. Some signs of wear.
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1970s Italian Vintage Gianfranco Frattini Lighting

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Metal

1980s Gianfranco Frattini 'Adonis' Tall Halogen Floor Lamp, Italy
By Gianfranco Frattini, Luci Italia
Located in St- Leonard, Quebec
Tall halogen floor lamp with adjustable pierced metal grill inside glass shade to dampen light output sideways.  Very accurate original foot dimmer to fine tune proper mood. We...
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1980s Italian Modern Vintage Gianfranco Frattini Lighting

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Metal

Space Age Vintage White Table Lamp Desk Lamp Gianfranco Frattini, 1970s, Italy
By Gianfranco Frattini
Located in Vienna, AT
Space Age vintage white table lamp or desk lamp model Abele from white lacquered metal by Gianfranco Frattini for Luci Milan 1979. The table lamp shows white lacquered metal stem wit...
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1970s Italian Space Age Vintage Gianfranco Frattini Lighting

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Metal

Gianfranco Frattini 'Abele' Desk Lamp
By Gianfranco Frattini
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Gianfranco Frattini for Luci, 'Abele' desk lamp, lacquered aluminum, iron, plastic, Italy, 1979 This desk lamp in red lacquered aluminum was designed by Gianfranco Frattini. The 'Ab...
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1970s Italian Post-Modern Vintage Gianfranco Frattini Lighting

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Aluminum, Iron

G.F. Frattini for Luci Caltha Adjustable Floor Lamp, Italy, 1982
By Gianfranco Frattini
Located in Den Haag, NL
G.F. Frattini for Luci Caltha adjustable floor, lamp, Italy, 1982 black metal base. Halogen. On the back off the spot a working dimmer. The spot rotates. And is adjustable in height...
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1980s Italian Modern Vintage Gianfranco Frattini Lighting

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Metal

Vintage Pair of Floor Lamps by Gianfranco Frattini for Relco Design, 1970s
By Relco Italia, Gianfranco Frattini
Located in Roma, IT
Pair of Floor Lamp is an original Contemporary Design Artwork realized by Gianfranco Frattini (Padua, 1926 - Milan, 2004) in the 1970s Made in Italy, brass and Crystal by Relco De...
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1970s Italian Vintage Gianfranco Frattini Lighting

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Crystal, Brass

Italian Mid-Century Modern Lucilla Table Lamp by G. Frattini for Leuka, 1970s
By Gianfranco Frattini, Leuka
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian Mid-Century Modern Lucilla table lamp by G. Frattini for Leuka, 1970s. enameled aluminum structure and elastic fabric Lucilla model table lamp. Designed by Gianfranco Frat...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gianfranco Frattini Lighting

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Plastic, Fabric

Fringe Table Lamps
By Gianfranco Frattini
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of vintage Italian 1960s Gianfranco Frattini table lamps made from painted steel, nickel plated brass and fabric. Fully rewired with a single E12 candelabra based sockets per la...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gianfranco Frattini Lighting

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Steel

Gianfranco Frattini Brass Floor Lamp with Petal Shaped Shade, Italy
By Gianfranco Frattini
Located in Vienna, AT
Gianfranco Frattini brass floor lamp with petal shaped shade. Circa 1980, Floor lamp from sculptural solid brass equipped with dimmer/halogen bulb. Very good condition.
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1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gianfranco Frattini Lighting

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Brass

"Abele" Desk Lamps by Gianfranco Frattini for Luci
By Gianfranco Frattini, Luci Italia
Located in Milan, IT
Abele table lamp with dimmer by Gianfranco Frattini for Luci. Red lacquered aluminium and halogen light.
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1970s Italian Minimalist Vintage Gianfranco Frattini Lighting

Materials

Metal

Gianfranco Frattini "Veronica" Floor Lamp for Luci Italia
By Gianfranco Frattini, Luci Italia
Located in Miami, FL
Rare Postmodern white floor lamp designed by Gianfranco Frattini for Luci Italia.
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Late 20th Century Italian Post-Modern Gianfranco Frattini Lighting

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Metal

Rare Lotus Table Lamp by Gianfranco Frattini for Meroni
By Gianfranco Frattini, Meroni
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Rare lotus table lamp by Gianfranco Frattini for Meroni. Designed and manufactured in Italy, 1966. Wooden ring stand, glass base, metal armature covered in fabric. Shade is secured b...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Gianfranco Frattini Lighting

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Aluminum

Gecko Table Lamp by Gianfranco Frattini for Leuka, 1970s
By Gianfranco Frattini, Leuka
Located in Rotterdam, NL
Gecko table lamp by Italian designer Gianfranco Frattini for Leuka in 1971. Giuliana Gramigna described on Page 208 (1972) of 'Repertorio del Design Italiano 1950-2000' (translate...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gianfranco Frattini Lighting

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Chrome, Magnets

Gianfranco Frattini Brass Floor Lamp with Dimmer Scallop or Lotus Shade
By Gianfranco Frattini
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Giancarlo Frattini for Relco floor lamp. Made of heavy stock brass with sculptural lotus shape shade. Stamped underside the switch/ dimmer.
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Gianfranco Frattini Lighting

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Brass, Bronze

Pair of "Lucilla" Table Lamps By Gianfranco Frattini
By Carmellini&tronconi, Gianfranco Frattini
Located in Milan, IT
Rare pair of Lucilla table lamps by Gianfranco Frattini for Leuka, later produced by Tronconi. Two lighting sources: top mirrored bulb as main one, then a lot of small bulbs behind ...
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1970s Italian Vintage Gianfranco Frattini Lighting

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Metal

Gianfranco Frattini for Artemide "Megaron" Floor Lamp, Italy, 1970s
By Gianfranco Frattini, Artemide
Located in Naples, IT
Megaron, a floor lamp, is a true classic of the Artemide brand, designed in 1979 by the famous Italian designer Gianfranco Frattini. Ultra-minimal, it consists of a long, burgundy-co...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gianfranco Frattini Lighting

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Metal

Gianfranco Frattini for Arteluce Table Lamp
By Gianfranco Frattini, Arteluce
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Gianfranco Frattini for Arteluce, table lamp, model 597, aluminium, rayon, Italy, 1961. Gianfranco Frattini designed this innovative table lamp for Arteluce in 1961. A central conic...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gianfranco Frattini Lighting

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Aluminum

Pair of Black Megaron Floor Lamps by Gianfranco Frattini for Artemide
By Gianfranco Frattini, Artemide
Located in Vienna, AT
Pair of Megaron floor lamps designed by Gianfranco Frattini in 1979 for Artemide. Nice torchieres made from heat resistant delicately bent metal sheets. Both are in good condition wi...
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1970s Italian Post-Modern Vintage Gianfranco Frattini Lighting

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Plastic

Gianfranco Frattini lighting for sale on 1stDibs

Gianfranco Frattini lighting is available on 1stDibs for sale. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. In our Gianfranco Frattini lighting collection, there are many options to choose from, although black editions of this piece are particularly popular. In stock we have 26 vintage editions of these items, and there is also 3 modern editions to choose from. Many original lighting by Gianfranco Frattini were created in Europe during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. If you are looking for additional lighting options, many customers also consider Valenti, Sergio Asti and Willy Rizzo. Prices for lighting by Gianfranco Frattini can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $650 and tops out at $10,000, while pieces like these can sell for $1,925 on average.

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