Gianfranco Frattini is an Italian architect and designer, who graduated with a degree in architecture from the Politecnico di Milano in 1953. He is a member of the generation that created the Italian design movement in the late 1950s through the 1960s.
Frattini opened his own professional practice in Milan after having worked in the office of his teacher and mentor Gio Ponti, and became an industrial designer by default. His collaboration with Cesare Cassina for his namesake company started in 1954, followed by collaborations with many other manufacturers, such as Bernini, Arteluce, Acerbis, Fantoni, Artemide, Luci, Knoll, Lema and many others.
In 1956 he co-founded Associazione per il Disegno Industriale. Throughout his career, he practiced both industrial design and architecture, focusing mostly on interiors. Frattini won many professional awards and prizes, among them the prestigious Compasso dâOro.