From home to work – from armchairs, desks, lamps and tables, down to the smallest daily utensils – every object we get in touch with is, itself, a system of ideas. From the words of Baudrillard, the great French Philosopher, the house and the things, which we live with, reflect both in their form and through their communicative power, our culture and our society. Looking at the work of Gianfranco Frattini, the great master of modern Italian design, we find that this metaphysical spirit shines through every rounded shape, every detail and combinations of materials that characterize his projects. Frattini’s products summarize, in their particular formal configuration, thoughts, dreams and concerns of modern design: the utopian vision and confidence in a better future, the daily quality of life and the satisfaction that can be drawn from the smallest familiar action. Sesann, a seating system designed by Gianfranco Frattini in 1970 and now launched by Tacchini, is just an object-synthesis – a thought, a story and an idea: a symbolic manifestation of the best experiences of the past and a proposal for the future of the discipline.
Gianfranco Frattini enters the world of design in the late ‘50s through architecture, completing the interior of his buildings with objects of design, offering, in this way, a global vision of his project. Sesann was born, in fact, as a systematic application of this thinking – a formal synthesis of the planning of the Architect from Milan, that consists of an archipelago of flexible, mobile and easy adaptable seatings, but which are, at the same time, typical for the context where they are located. Respecting the thought of Gianfranco Frattini, the new edition of Sesann keeps the spirit of the product intact. Characterized by a fabric or leather upholstery, Sesann owes its typical soft and enveloping form to the cold foam structure, encircled with an architectural tubular steel (chrome or painted), with feet in ash wood. The particular configuration of Sesann – both formal and functional – constitutes the basis for a system of products characterized by the same structural elements, but declined in unique and fascinating objects. This approach of synthesis and reduction, proposed by Frattini, produced a formally elegant design, conceptually elaborated and, above all, unique.