REVIVING A LIGHTING ICON
Debuting in 1961, the Model 597 lamp marked Italian virtuoso Gianfranco Frattini's entry into the world of lighting design. Characterized by its compact, cylindrical shape, the Model 597 boasts multiple bulbs and whimsical fringes that cleverly conceal its multifunctional features. This lamp's distinctive and playful design beautifully exemplifies Frattini's exceptional approach to the artistry of illumination.
THE GRAND RETURN
Now, more than six decades after it was first produced, the Model 597 is back, its characteristic and timeless blend of versatility, elegance, tactility, and light-hearted whimsy ready to delight a new generation. Referring to Frattini’s original drawings alongside an original example of the design, GUBI, and the Frattini family have reissued the Model 597 Floor Lamp as it was.
Its distinctive nylon fringes cascade gracefully from a diabolo-shaped aluminum base, where six lateral bulbs encircle the central core, while an additional bulb resides above, casting an enchanting 360º radiance through the fringes. This luminary masterpiece also creates an ethereal uplight, its glow dancing upon the polished aluminum, all within your control through a dual-button switch.
The body is constructed from an aluminum plate, which is spun on a lathe and shaped over a mold. The Floor Lamp comprises two pieces, which are attached using three finger screws. These are also used to affix the baseplate and cover the lamp, making it easy to disassemble for repair or recycling.
DISCOVER THE COLLECTION
From door handles and jewelry to homes and hotels, Gianfranco Frattini left an indelible mark on modern Italian design over the course of his 50-year career. Experienced at creating interiors for public spaces such as restaurants and nightclubs, he appreciated the importance of modulating light to create nuances within an interior – forming areas of both functional focus and warm, subtle radiance that contribute to the atmosphere and sense of place. When he died in his beloved Milan in 2004, Frattini left behind one of the richest and most varied legacies of any 20th-century designer, encompassing award-winning furniture – both indoor and outdoor – modern icons, and landmark interiors that shaped the taste of the era.