Luciano Frigerio Sideboard in Macassar Ebony 1960s
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Luciano Figerio for Frigerio Di Desio, sideboard, Macassar ebony, Italy, circa 1966.
Chest of drawers designed by the Italian Luciano Frigerio. The cabinet is executed in rare Macassar ebony wood, which is known for its almost black color with warm caramel flames. The sideboard is wide at the bottom and tapered towards the top. This effect emphasizes its solid and sturdy look.
Luciano Frigerio (1928-1999) who grew up in the cabinet making workshop of his father was in fact trained as an accountant. However, due to his personal passion for furniture the design and the popularity of Brianza as a city of craftsmen, great designers and architects such as Gio Ponti and Franco Albini visited his father's workshop. The small workshop slowly grew into an international design company and Luciano joined the ranks. Due to his believe in collaboration with other designers and architects the company grew immensely and it had about ten showrooms all-over, Italy. Frigerio himself was fully concentrated to design 'furniture sculpture' (mobili scultura). His design is thus anything but Industrial featuring complex and ornate geometric details in wood or metal.