Fratina chair and armchair, designed by Emilio Nanni for the Italian brand Billiani, was awarded with the Red Dot,
the international distinction for high design quality. Participants from 57 nations had registered a total of 5,214 products and innovations for the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2016. Only products which set themselves apart considerably through their excellent design receive the sought-after quality seal from the international Red Dot jury.
Fratina, designed by Emilio Nanni, seems to be the squaring of the circle. The frame is defined by a layout of clean lines that highlight the square, the back is made by bending the wood into a circle, at a reduced size in the chair version, more amply in the armchair.
Side and armchair are an interpretation of the classic minimalist chair, with a modern twist, highlighting the Vitruvian balance in the relationship between these two pure geometrical shapes. Available in stained or lacquered ash wood, Fratina offers a choice of seats: upholstered, with rope weave, hide, or straps.
Luigi Billiani, owner of the homonymous company, commented: “I am honoured that one of our products has been assigned the prestigious Red Dot Award for its high-quality design. Our collaboration with Emilio Nanni, who designed the Fratina chair, has brought us satisfaction for many years. The Red Dot Award has once again confirmed that merging a distinct design language with our excellence in craftsmanship is the right approach from any point of view and is appreciated on an international scale.”
Fratina, in fact, perfectly represents the association of the brand Billiani – personified by Veronik and Luigi Billiani – with Emilio Nanni who, together, have chosen the path of reflection, research and experimentation, creating numerous collections that are widely appreciated by the market and by industry experts, as demonstrated by several awards.
Emilio Nanni, the designer of Fratina, has added some theoretical aspects to better explain the fundamental phases that helped to define the project and which are the main themes explored by the designer: historical memory and contemporaneity. The Fratina collection is an excellent example of these themes: “I wanted to recreate the structural composure typical of some historic designs, exaggerating and creating a disproportionate the backrest, which is embracing, characterizing and ergonomically precise, within a structural layout defined by the square.”