Gianfranco Frattini’s CB2 collection is affordable Italian luxury

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Leave it to an Italian to design a set of plates in the 80s that still look fresh today, and CB2 to bring them roaring back to market. The retailer has reinvented a mix of products from Gianfranco Frattini, the celebrated designer and architect behind classics such as the Sesann sofa and Boalum Lighting. It’s a new collection which closely resembles the Milanese’s iconic designs, from storage units and seating to cocktail coupes and floor lamps with fresh modern touches.

Frattini, who apprenticed with the legendary Gio Ponti, partnered with all sorts of manufacturers in his day, like Cassina, Artemide and Ricci (to name a few), working in the fields of furniture , lighting, table and glassware. In this tradition, the CB2 Gianfranco Frattini collection follows suit, but at a more accessible price. Prices start at $4.95 for a stainless steel dessert spoon with a design around 1972 and going up to $4,999 for a black leather tufted sofa with recessed walnut feet.

Find some of our favorite pieces featured below, or click here to browse the full collection.

Set the table

Associate it rolled edge dinnerware with blown wine glasses and the sinuous decanter, all originally designed to grace the tables of the fanciest Italians of the 1980s, as well as fine dining restaurants. Or bring the small version of the serving bowl at the next dinner you attend, as a host gift.

CB2 Tableware Gianfranco Frattini Collection.

Set the scene

This quartet of furniture spans decades of Frattini’s career, from the 1950s Meda sofa (called Model 836 when it debuted) to the 70s mirrored coffee table designed at the same time as the Sesann line. The 80s saw the modular bookcase and architectural bedside tables come to life; today they are updated with durable materials.

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