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Gianfranco Frattini
Design 1955/2003

Silvana Editoriale

The rediscovery of architect Gianfranco Frattini’s oeuvre continues. Following the success of the exhibition Gianfranco Frattini: ieri, oggi, domani, held at Palazzo Borromeo in Cesano Maderno during Milano Design Week 2023, Silvana Editoriale dedicates a book to the architect and designer. Available in Italian bookstores from December 2023, abroad spring 2024.

Exhibition catalogue edited by: Emanuela Frattini Magnusson
Graphic design:
In collaboration with: Marco Frattini, Archivio Gianfranco Frattini,

Gianfranco Frattini Design 1955/2003, Silvana Editoriale, 2023, ph. Lucrezia Gazzola

Milan, 23 November 2023
«As a designer I was born in the workshop»: Gianfranco Frattini often repeated it, an architect who for craftsmanship and manual skill cultivated a true and cultured passion, equal to that animated by his interest in industrial processes capable of making an «intelligent use of the machine». The contributions that make up the new Gianfranco Frattini publication are numerous and largely unpublished. Design 1955/2003 by Silvana Editoriale and which highlight the design sensitivity and the different areas in which the architect has worked over the years, from design to textile research to domestic interiors. The volume is accompanied by 58 product sheets which exhaustively describe furnishings and projects, describing their characteristics and revealing curiosities. The iconographic apparatus is also rich: original sketches and drawings of some architectural projects, photographs of archive pieces and re-editions are placed alongside the images of the exhibition to Gianfranco Frattini: ieri, oggi, domani appointment “out of town” among the most appreciated of the Milan Design Week 2023.

ADI Design Museum, 11 January 2024, ph. Lucrezia Gazzola

Gianfranco Frattini. Design 1955/2003 was presented in Milan, at the ADI Design Museum, on 11 January 2024: moderated by the critic and curator Silvana Annicchiarico, Luciano Galimberti, President of ADI, the architect and designer Emanuela Frattini Magnusson, Matteo Pirola, professor of History of design at IULM and Politecnico di Milano, Pierluigi Masini, journalist and author and Matteo Pizzi, general director at Silvana Editoriale.

From left to right: Matteo Pizzi, general director at Silvana Editoriale, Pierluigi Masini, journalist and author, Luciano Galimberti, President of ADI, Silvana Annicchiarico, critic and curator, Emanuela Frattini Magnusson, architect and designer, daughter of Gianfranco Frattini, Matteo Pirola, professor of History of design at IULM and Politecnico di Milano and Marco Frattini, son of Gianfranco Frattini. 

Giovanna Castiglioni, daughter of Achille Castiglioni, and Emanuela Frattini Magnusson

Short documentary screened at the ADI Design Museum, on 11 January 2024


Catalogo della mostra a cura di/ Exhibition catalogue edited by
Emanuela Frattini Magnusson
Matilde Alghisi
Massimo Belotti
Massimo De Conti
Emanuela Frattini Magnusson
Alessia Interlandi
Susanna Beatrice Lubiana
Maria Chiara Manfredi
Margherita Monica
Benedetta Patella
Ryan Turf
Schede prodotto/Product sheets
Emanuela Frattini Magnusson
Maria Chiara Manfredi

Schede progetto/Project sheets
Benedetta Patella
Beatrice Lubiana
Lucia Moschella
Foto della mostra/Exhibition photos
Max Pescio
Foto dei prodotti/Products photos
Aldo Ballo
Lorenzo Cappellini Baio
Andrea Ferrari
Lucrezia Gazzola
Liderno Salvador
Foto dei progetti/Projects photos
Alfredo Anghinelli
Giorgio Casali

Con il contributo di/Contributed by
Città di Cesano Maderno

Con il supporto di/Supported by
CSAC ‒ Centro Studi e Archivio della Comunicazione, Università di Parma

Effebi arredamenti
Torri Lana 1885
In collaborazione con/In collaboration with
Marco Frattini
Archivio Gianfranco Frattini

Progetto grafic/Graphic design
Francesca Ceccoli
Andrea Puppa
Ufficio stampa/Press office
Lucia Portesi
Luisa Castiglioni
Coordinamento e Organizzazione/Coordination and Management
Alessia Interlandi
Si ringraziano/Thanks to
Cinzia Ferraroli
Stefano Fileti
Franco Gabualdi
Lucrezia Gazzola
Veronica Orsi

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