The Oliver sofa designed by Gianfranco Frattini was originally designed in 1957 and put into production the following year. The sofa features a light steel frame and wooden feet, while the seat and back are hand-upholstered with artisanal tufting. Minimal and elegant, the Oliver sofa has a timeless style that makes it an iconic piece of contemporary design.
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An Italian designer, Gianfranco Frattini was best known for his work as both an architect and an industrial designer. Born in Padua in 1926, he studied under Gio Ponti before opening his own architecture practice. Frattini found his way into industrial design when he came across a gap in design for lighting and furniture for his interior spaces. Thus began a wide array of collaboration with many furniture design houses, including Cassina, Bernini, Arteluce, Fantoni, Artemide, and Knoll. In 1956, he became one of the founding members of the Association of Industrial Design. Notable furniture pieces include the Boalum Lamp in 1969 and 780/783 a set of low beechwood and black lacquer tables.