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Abele Desk Lamp – Gianfranco Frattini

Materials: Round metal (iron) base covered with black rubber. White painted aluminium tubes, perforated. Black plastic parts. Aluminium reflector. Porcelain socket.

Height: 40 cm / 15.74”

Width: 60 cm / 23.62”

Base: ∅ 20 cm / 7.87”

Electricity: 1 bulb GY6.35, halogen, 1 x 50 watt max (12 volt), 220 volt. It has a built-in transformer.

Period: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: Gianfranco Frattini (1926 – 2004).

Manufacturer: LUCI illuminazione d’interni, Milan, Italy.

Other versions: This Abele desk lamp was produced in many colours and was also made as a floor lamp, it was named Veronica. These lights were build with a normal switch or a dimmer.

Gianfranco Frattini

Gianfranco Frattini was born on 15 Mai 1926 in Padua, Italy. He got is degree in architecture in 1953 at the academy of Milan.
In the 1950s he became an apprentice of Gio Ponti.

He designed furniture for companies such as Cassina and Bernini; he designed many apartments and houses, created lamps for Arteluce, Artemide, MeroniLeukaSuperiorFontana ArteLumina and of course LUCI illuminazione d’interni.

Gianfranco-Frattini designed these desk lamps in 1979. He designed several lamps for LUCI. Other lamps he designed are: Adonis, Ala, AloeCalthaDaniele, GermanaIgnazio and Noa.

Gianfranco Frattini died in Milan, Italy on 6 April 2004, he was 78 years old.

LUCI illuminazione

LUCI illuminazione d’interni (indoor lighting)” was founded in 1966. Designers who have collaborated with LUCI are: Toshiyuki Kita, Giugiaro Design, Rodolfo Bonetto, Asahara Sigeaki, Francesco Brivio, Carlo Forcolini, Giancarlo Fassina, Ikaru Mori, Fabio Princivalle, Serge & Robert Cornelissen, Gabi Peretto and many others.

In 1989 LUCI changed into LUCITALIA.

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A complete biography of Gianfranco Frattini can be found over here on his website:

The Lucitalia website

Veronica Floor Lamp

Veronica Floor Lamp - Design: Gianfranco Frattini - LUCI illuminazione d’interni 1970s/1980s

Artemide Boalum Lamp – 1970
You can find this lamp in the Artemide catalogue 1973 here on Vintageinfo.

Artemide Boalum Lamp - 1970 - Boalum Lamp publicity