Design Classics

Maestri or “masters” are those charismatic figures capable of teaching and handing down an art through their direct actions and also through the inheritance of their actual works. In design the maestri communicate through the classics, timeless designs far from any idea of fashions and trends yet so powerful as to produce a style naturally. Tacchini has set aside some rooms in its living environment for the classics and the masters who have designed them, in a process of revivals which are a challenge and a lesson on contemporary style.


The design for this lamp dates back to 1963, and today it is reissued with the name E63. This alphanumeric code is a reflection of the intellectual complexity of its designer, Umberto Riva: part architect, part designer, part artist, part light-tamer, and a whole lot of all these things. A table lamp designed with great precision, featuring simple lines around broad surfaces, that seemingly give a solid form to the light itself: steel, almost armour, protecting the precious source. 


Umberto Riva   E63


Designed by Gianfranco Frattini in 1957 and produced as from the following year, the 872 sofa has achieved a huge success over the years. Minimalist and elegant, it features a lightweight structure in steel with end feet in wood and tufted upholstery on the seat and back, a detail requiring great craft expertise. 


Gianfranco Frattini   Oliver


Inspired by a classic piece of Italian design designed in 1957 by Gianfranco Frattini and nominated the same year for Compasso d’Oro, Gio is a low table which expresses an idea of rationalist rigor and refined elegance, creating the emotion of a warm bourgeois atmosphere.


Gianfranco Frattini   Gio


Relaunch of an original project of Gianfranco Frattini dated 1957, but still actual for its shapes and spirit, Giulia armchair creates in the contemporary space a timeless feeling of beauty, comfort and harmony.


Gianfranco Frattini   Giulia


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    Sesann (Sofa)    Sesann (Armchair)


Agnese is the name of the new version of the 849, the armchair designed by Gianfranco Frattini around 1956 in his Milan studio, in via Sant’Agnese in fact. All the style and radiance of an age take shape in the lines of this armchair which is much more than a classic and almost an archetype.


Gianfranco Frattini   Agnese


There are designs which are born classics in name only. Babela is one of those designs and one of those names. In 1958 Achille Castiglioni designed this small armchair to add to the furniture of the Milan chamber of commerce. Comfort meets form and function which is revealed in the possibility of stacking this seat up like a tower.


Achille Castiglioni   Babela


The Sancarlo armchair is a treatise on statics, ergonomics, function and geometry. Commissioned at the time by Driade, Achille Castiglioni has taken up again the idea of the Sanluca, designed a few decades earlier with his brother Pier Giacomo. The result is the breaking-down of the seat into a series of cushions which curve to each part of the body they have to support.


Achille Castiglioni   Sancarlo


Bianca by Franco Albini was designed in 1939 and slotted into a broader design, the furnishing of Villa Monzino on Lake Como. Still now the lines of the wood frame and the upholstered seat narrate the value of elegance rediscovered in simplicity.


Franco Albini   Bianca


Still a classic, the Monzino coffee table was reclaimed from the furnishings designed by Albini for the villa of the same name on Lake Como. This is in fact an exclusive new product which has never been mass produced. Tacchini rediscovers the spontaneous elegance of this marble top married to a wood frame and puts it in full view of everyone.


Franco Albini   Monzino