The architect and designer Gianfranco Frattini was born in Padua, Italy in 1926. From 1946 he studied architecture at the Milan Politecnico and graduated in 1953.
Gianfranco Frattini became an industrial designer by default when he lacked appropriate lighting and furniture for his interiors. In 1956 he co-founded the "ADI", Associazone per il Disegno Industriale, which award the famous "Compasso d’Oro" prize. During his distinguished career, he collaborated with Giovanni Ponti, worked for Cassina and Acerbis, designed lamps for Artemide, was a board member of the Triennale di Milano, designed for Knoll and won many gold medals and other prizes, such as the "Compasso d’Oro" (1955 to 1957, 1979, 1981 and 1987). He is a member of the generation that made up the Italian design movement in the late 1950s through the 1960s. His work for Artemide resulted in the "Boalum" lamp (1970) together with Livio Castiglioni, and the "Megaron Terra" lamp (1979) as well as several furniture collections for Cassina and exhibits for Ferrari.