Gianfranco Frattini for Cantieri Carugati Chest of Drawers in Mahogany
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Gianfranco Frattini for Cantieri Carugati, chest of drawers, mahogany, metal, Italy, 1958
This piece of furniture is based on a solid construction featuring straight lines and right-angled shapes. Functionality comes into play through the availability of great amount of storage space created by four extended drawers equipped with minimalistic metal handles. Frattini placed the cabinet on a well-proportioned base that lifts up the piece in an architectural manner and shows wonderful lines and constructive highlights. Overall, an elegant monumental work that elevates every space.
Cantiere Carugati established their furniture business in 1925 and worked with prominent architects and designers in designing hotels, office spaces, shops, and ships. In the post-war era, they created a series of furniture in the Italian region Rovellasca (Como), which was a great success.
Gianfranco Frattini (1926-2004) was born in Padua and studiesd architecture at the Milan Politechnico. After his studies, Frattini started working for Gio Ponti until 1956. Afterwards, he opene his own practice in Milan and began creating his own desgins. His work is mostly part of the generation that created the Italian design movement of the late 1950s through the 1960s. The designer eventually died in Milan in 2004.
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