CB2 reissues home furnishings pieces by Italian design legend Gianfranco Frattini

CB2 reissues home furnishings pieces by Italian design legend Gianfranco Frattini

From CB2’s reissued collection of Gianfranco Frattini’s works.

CHICAGO — Today, CB2 is debuting a reissued collection of architect and designer Gianfranco Frattini’s celebrated works.

Known as a leading figure in the transformative Italian design movement of the 1950s and ‘60s, Frattini helped forge a new global admiration for Italian design. Working exclusively with his heirs and Form Portfolios, the collection for CB2 is a true representation of Frattini’s original designs. Some pieces are authentic to the originals down to the finest detail; others have been updated slightly for modern materials and new ways of living.

“Each design CB2 produced within this collection celebrates Frattini’s timeless standards,” said CB2 President Ryan Turf. “Guided largely by original drawings, vintage pieces, archival images and his surviving family, we are extremely honored to showcase these iconic designs for a new era.”

“My father’s philosophy on design was responding to a brief with an intelligent solution, making correct use of materials with an aesthetically pleasant outcome,” said his daughter, Emanuela Frattini Magnusson. “Working with CB2 presented the opportunity to capture my father’s true dedication to design and reintroduce Gianfranco Frattini to the U.S. market in a meaningful way.”

All pieces in the collection are exclusive Frattini designs, offering multiple finishes and materials throughout.

Highlights include:

  • Meda Collection: One of his earliest designs, the streamlined profile of the Meda collection evokes the minimalism of 1950s modernism. Structurally held together by walnut side panels, the geometry is true to the original, down to the brass snake-eye bolts.
  • Bovisio Collection: Designed at the same time as his famous Sesann sofa, polished stainless steel tables feature mirrored or smoked glass tops. Made in Italy, just like the original.
  • Paraggi Credenza and Portofino Desk: Rediscovered from found black-and-white photography, they are believed to be some of Gianfranco Frattini’s first designs. Simple and straightforward conceptually, they exude a minimalist midcentury aesthetic.
  • Cilindro Sconce: Originally designed for a prestigious Italian lighting company, this modernist sconce was created around the new technology of halogen. Leaning into the high-tech aesthetic of the late 1980s, protective glass forms a minimalist shield around the bulbs.
  • Famiglia Chess Set:A silversmith company south of Milan commissioned Gianfranco Frattini to design a collection of modern objects, including a modern chess set. Abstract chess pieces stack within each other, creating two streamlined cylinders for storage.

Gianfranco Frattini is the third designer added to CB2’s repertoire of design legends, joining Paul McCobb and Clara Porset. The Gianfranco Frattini collection is now available exclusively at, including 62 SKUs across living, lighting, decor and entertainment categories ranging in price from $34.95 to $4,999.

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