Giancarlo Fassina, Italian, born in 1935.
Giancarlo Fassina was born in Milan, Italy and 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 most celebrated design is the Tolomeo Lamp which he designed in partnership with Michele De Lucchi for Artemide.
Like many of his Italian contemporaries, Fassina trained in architecture at the Milan Polytechnic. His early industrial design experience began with a company manufacturing calculating machines and a household appliance manufacturer. 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. 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. Giancarlo Fassina has worked on several projects involving Industrial Design and has created lighting for Artemide, Luceplan, etc. He received a Compasso D'oro award for his Tolomeo Series of lamps which he designed together with Michele de Lucchi.