Founded in 2006 by Danish architect Stine Gam and Italian architect Enrico Fratesi, the award-winning Copenhagen-based design house takes its creative drive from a fusion of tradition and renewal, drawing on both designers' experiences of Danish and Italian craft traditions. Renowned for applying an experimental approach to every project they take on, Gam and Fratesi aim to understand and expand on traditional techniques, lending each design they create both a visible historical context and unique, fresh aesthetic.
This signature experimental approach is applied to carefully chosen materials, resulting in pieces that illustrate the processes and techniques that created them, exemplifying the design duo's continuing exploration of the relationship between harmony and disharmony, and how this can be illustrated through form. Every GamFratesi design has a unique story or inspiration that tends to be expressed through minimalist details, such as the now iconic Beetle Chair, which subtly mimics the carapace of its namesake.
The designers say of their process, "Our work is balancing between the traditional and surprising. Often it takes just a small detail to achieve or break an expression, and we are very curious about that. We work strictly with the Scandinavian approach to crafts, simplicity and functionalism, but there always happens to be a strong emotion to concept and story behind each work." Acknowledging the contrasts they are both often faced with in daily life, they draw inspiration from these diversities to create designs with subtle duality of function and beauty.
Beetle Dining Chair in Velvet with Black Legs
Designed in 2013 and first presented at Milan’s annual Mindcraft exhibition, the Beetle Dining Chair is the creation of young design duo, Enrico Fratesi and Stine Gam, and is inspired by the shape, shell and structure of the eponymous insect.
The design of the chair reinterprets the characteristic elements of the beetle’s body: rigid on the outside and soft within, while maintaining optimum comfort and superior functionality. The seat and back of the Beetle Dining Chair are created using laminated moulded veneer.
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