Giancarlo Fassina

Giancarlo Fassina was born in 1935 in Milan, Italy. He obtained a degree in Architecture at the Politecnico University in Milan. Giancarlo Fassina was one of the leading figures of Italian avant-garde design of the 1970s and 1980s associated with the Anti-Design movement, Radical.

His early industrial design experience began with a company manufacturing calculating machines and a household appliance manufacturer. Fassina has worked on several projects involving Industrial Design and had experiences in different product sectors, before he decided to devote himself then definitely to projecting lamps, planning and furnishing exhibitions and museums.
In 1970 Fassina joined the Italian lighting company Artemide, helping with both the restructuring of the technical design sector and organizing the internal department of product models and development. Throughout the 1980s, he designed large-scale lighting systems for exhibits and buildings across Italy. He cooperated with the most important companies of the lighting sector.

Fassina is perhaps best known for his collaborations with architect Michele De Lucchi - specifically the "Tolomeo" lamp series, which was given the Compasso d'Oro award for Italian industrial design in 1989.

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