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Gianfranco Frattini Armchairs

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 Model 831 Lounge Chairs For Cassina, 1950s
By Cassina, Gianfranco Frattini
Located in Rovereta, SM
Incredible pair of model 831 chairs by Gianfranco Frattini for Cassina, 1950s. These model chairs are exceptionally rare. The fantastic design by renowned Italian designer Gianfran...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gianfranco Frattini Armchairs

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Textile, Wood

Gianfranco Frattini, Pair of Upholstered Armchairs, model 830, by Cassina, 1950s
By Gianfranco Frattini, Cassina
Located in Wargrave, Berkshire
Pair of elegant model 830 armchairs, designed in the 1950s by Gianfranco Frattini and manufactured by Cassina. Each chair is supported on tapering conical wood legs, and measures 85...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gianfranco Frattini Armchairs

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Upholstery, Wood

Rare Pair "Giulia" Armchair Model 877 by Gianfranco Frattini for Cassina 1957
By Cassina, Gianfranco Frattini
Located in Rovereta, SM
Rare Pair Giulia armchair Model 877 by Gianfranco Frattini For Cassina 1957.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Gianfranco Frattini Armchairs

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Gianfranco Frattini 836 Lounge Chairs, Cassina, Italy, 1950s
By Gianfranco Frattini
Located in London, GB
A rare pair of lounge chairs by Gianfranco Frattini, produced by Cassina, Italy, 1950s. In good original condition - wooden frames and original upholstery. Fast shipping worldwide...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Gianfranco Frattini Armchairs

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Pair of velvet Sesann Armchairs by Gianfranco Frattini for Cassina, Italy 1970s
By Gianfranco Frattini, Cassina
Located in Chiavari, Liguria
A pair of Sesann armchairs, created by Gianfranco Frattini in 1970 for Cassina. In perfect original condition, these armchairs are a rare find. Their fabric retains its intense colo...
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Metal

Lounge Chair Model 849 By Gianfranco Frattini For Cassina, Italy 1950s
By Cassina, Gianfranco Frattini
Located in Hellouw, NL
Lounge chair model 849 by Gianfranco Frattini for Cassina.Awarded the famous ""Compasso d'Oro"" in 1956 and one of the Italian designs that has withstood the test of time very well. ...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gianfranco Frattini Armchairs

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Mid-Century Modern Pair of Armchairs Model "849" by Gianfranco Frattini
By Gianfranco Frattini
Located in Brussels, BE
Mid-Century Modern Pair of Armchairs model "849" by Gianfranco Frattini for Cassina, Italy, 1960s.
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Armchair Designed by Gianfranco Frattini 1960 Model '880'
By Gianfranco Frattini
Located in Berlin, DE
This sophisticated piece of furniture, designed by Gianfranco Frattini in 1960 for Cassina, stands out for its scultural and futuristic line. The cover, renewed like the foam, is mad...
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Chromed Metal Lounge Chair by Gianfranco Frattini, Italy, circa 1970
By Gianfranco Frattini
Located in New York City, NY
Lounge Chair by Gianfranco Frattini, Italy, circa 1970s. Sleek, low lounge chair with chrome-plated metal frame, tubular legs, and unique arm and backrests typical of acclaimed f...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gianfranco Frattini Armchairs

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1950s Italian Armchairs in the Style of Gianfranco Frattini
By Gianfranco Frattini
Located in Sag Harbor, NY
Practicing both industrial design and architecture, focusing mostly on interiors, Gianfranco Frattini is one of the members of the generation that created the Italian design movement...
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2010s Italian Gianfranco Frattini Armchairs

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Metal, Brass

Gianfranco Frattini for Cassina Rare Pair of Mahogany Lounge Chairs Model 831
By Gianfranco Frattini, Cassina
Located in New York, NY
Gianfranco Frattini for Cassina rare pair of lounge chairs model 831 with frame in mahogany veneer and bent plywood with brass mounts, and camel leather upholstery, Italy, 1955.. The...
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1830s Italian Mid-Century Modern Antique Gianfranco Frattini Armchairs

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Iconic 877 Wingback Armchair by Gianfranco Frattini for Cassina 1959
By Gianfranco Frattini
Located in Stavenisse, NL
The 877 Wingback armchair is an absolute classic. Appreciated at large by the design world, this iconic armchair was designed in 1959 by Gianfranco Frattini. The chair offers both th...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gianfranco Frattini Armchairs

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Leather, Walnut

Gianfranco Frattini “Bernini” Armchairs Wood Skin 1960 Italy
By Gianfranco Frattini
Located in Milano, IT
Gianfranco Frattini armchairs.
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Customizable Tacchini Lina Armchair by Gianfranco Frattini
By Tacchini, Gianfranco Frattini
Located in New York, NY
Lina is a re-edition of one of the earliest projects designed by Gianfranco Frattini, one of the great masters of Italian design. Nominated in 1955 for the Compasso d’oro, the armcha...
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2010s Italian Gianfranco Frattini Armchairs

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Leather, Fabric

Customizable Tacchini Sesann Armchair by Gianfranco Frattini
By Gianfranco Frattini, Tacchini
Located in New York, NY
An icon of Italian design in the 1970s, the Sesann collection by Gianfranco Frattini was part of a new vision of contemporary living in which ergonomics were adapted to social change...
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2010s Italian Gianfranco Frattini Armchairs

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Leather, Fabric

Customizable Tacchini Giulia Lounge Armchair with Ottoman by Gianfranco Frattini
By Gianfranco Frattini, Tacchini
Located in New York, NY
A re-edition of the famous model 877 by Gianfranco Frattini, from 1957, named for the wife of Gio Ponti, the designer’s great teacher and mentor. Giulia is Frattini’s modern interpre...
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Leather, Fabric

Gianfranco Frattini for Cassina Lounge Chair in Green Upholstery and Teak
By Gianfranco Frattini
Located in Waalwijk, NL
Gianfranco Frattini for Cassina, lounge chair model 877, fabric, teak, Italy, 1959 This grand lounge chair is based on a solid construction, featuring strict lines and angular shape...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gianfranco Frattini Armchairs

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Fabric, Teak

Customizable Tacchini Agnese Armchair Designed by Gianfranco Frattini
By Tacchini, Gianfranco Frattini
Located in New York, NY
Model 849, one of his most famous armchairs, was designed by Gianfranco Frattini in 1956. Awarded honorable mention at the 3rd Compasso d’Oro, Agnese is an Italian design icon whose ...
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2010s Italian Gianfranco Frattini Armchairs

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Leather, Fabric

Pair of Sesann Armchairs by Gianfranco Fratinni in Leather for Cassina Italian
By Gianfranco Frattini
Located in Lyon, FR
Pair of Sesann armchairs designed by the Italian designer Gianfranco Fratinni for Cassina in 1969. Chrome-plated tubular steel frame and brown lea...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gianfranco Frattini Armchairs

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Chrome

Set of 2 Gianfranco Frattini Chairs Modell 830, 1950s, Cassina, Italy
By Gianfranco Frattini, Cassina
Located in Wolfurt, AT
This pair of "Model 830" armchairs was designed by Gianfranco Frattini for the Italian company Cassina in the 1950s. Both pieces are upholstered in dark green fabric and are supporte...
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Fabric, Wood

Gianfranco Frattini for Cassina Set of 2 "Model 849" Chairs, 1958
By Cassina, Gianfranco Frattini
Located in Wolfurt, AT
This pair of "Model 849" armchairs was designed by Gianfranco Frattini in the 1950s and manufactured by the Italian company Cassina. The pieces consist of up...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gianfranco Frattini Armchairs

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Wood, Fabric

Gianfranco Frattini, Rare First Serie of Model 849 Armchair, Italy, 1958
By Gianfranco Frattini
Located in Catania, CT
First serie of model 849 armchair designed by Gianfranco Frattini for Figli di Amedeo Cassina (label). Great vintage condition with normal trace of age and...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Gianfranco Frattini Armchairs

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Gianfranco Frattini, Rare Pair of Wingback Armchairs Model 877, Cassina 1959
By Gianfranco Frattini
Located in Argelato, BO
Rare pair of Wingback armchairs from an important chalet in the Italian Alps. Designed by the Italian Architect Gianfranco Frattini for the Cassina company in 1959. The fabric, in ex...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Gianfranco Frattini Armchairs

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Fabric, Wood

Mid Century Mode, G. Frattini for Bernini, Armchair in Walnut and Black Leather.
By Gianfranco Frattini, Bernini
Located in Catania, IT
This elegant armchair was designed by Gianfranco Frattini and produced by Bernini. For its eccentric design, Bernini was inspired by the style of the 1950s. Note the flowing lines of...
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Gianfranco Frattini armchairs for sale on 1stDibs.

Gianfranco Frattini armchairs are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of wood and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Gianfranco Frattini armchairs, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 25 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 5 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original armchairs by Gianfranco Frattini were created in the mid-century modern style in italy during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider armchairs by Osvaldo Borsani, Carlo De Carli, and Ico Parisi. Prices for Gianfranco Frattini armchairs can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $1,223 and can go as high as $35,000, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $7,676.

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