Designed in 1957 by Gianfranco Frattini, and nominated for the Compasso D’Oro award in the same year, Gio is a low coffee table that expresses a sense of rationalist rigour and refined elegance.
It features a linear wooden frame and a two-tone reversible top, with a choice of more neutral or more lively hues, all drawn from a palette typical of fifties design.
Gianfranco Frattini was born in Padua, Italy, on 15th May, 1926. He graduated in Architecture, at the Politecnico, Milan, in 1953. At the end of the 50’s, he is one of the founders of ADI, Association for Industrial Design. Frattini opened his own studio in Milan, after working in the office of his teacher and mentor Gio Ponti. In few years, he became an industrial designer, well-known worldwide. Among his many successful projects, in 1956 designed the chair model 849, nominated for the “Compasso d’Oro” Prize. Now, this armchair, which takes shapes from the original design, is proposed by Tacchini with the name of “Agnese”.