The Beetle collection
The inspiration of the Beetle Collection was found in the insect world as GamFratesi has been looking closely at the anatomy, aesthetics and movement of a beetle. Selecting a beetle as source of inspiration is based on the design duo's fascination of how the external shell supports and protects the creature's body, and its gentle and charming look.
The design of the collection reinterprets the characteristic elements of the beetles’ sections: shape, shells, sutures, rigid outside and soft inside. The result is a collection that cunningly interprets the shell of this four-legged creature. The comfortable yet dynamic design makes this collection suitable for multiple environments whether it is in the home or the workplace.
The Beetle Collection consists of Beetle Dining Chair, Beetle Stool, Beetle Lounge Chair, Beetle Footstool, Beetle Sofa as well as a Beetle Table.
GamFratesi Studio was established in 2006 by the Danish architect Stine Gam (born 1975) and the Italian architect Enrico Fratesi (born 1978). GamFratesi belongs to the latest generation of furniture architects and together they represent a new interpretation of the meeting between Danish and international design traditions.
GamFratesi's design takes its creative drive from a fusion of tradition and renewal and in an experimental approach to their chosen materials and techniques. With their diverse traditional background, they draw on the classic Danish furniture and craft tradition as well as the timeless Italian intellectual and conceptual approach. Understanding a tradition and addressing it actively in the workshop makes it possible to expand on it. From this cross-cultural partnership, they create furniture that respectfully reflect tradition while also featuring unique embedded stories, symbols and associations, often expressed in a minimalist idiom.
"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. Contrasts are often the center of our inspiration. Both in work and daily life we are constantly confronted with contrasts, and we do work a lot with references and respect to traditions in both our cultures. We both have roots in strong design cultures. Studying, researching and moving constantly between our two countries, it has become such a natural part of us, that it will also show in our work."
GamFratesi aim to create furniture that illustrates the process and the techniques that created it, and which reflect a persistent exploration of the diverse border zone between harmony and disharmony."
Dining Chair & Bar Chair Shells - Upholstery
Dining Chair & Bar Chair Shell colours
Dining Chair Bases
Meeting Chair Bases
Lounge Chair Bases
Counter stool & bar Chair bases
Made in Italy.
Fully upholstered version now has internal plastic shell instead of moulded plywood connected with steel brackets. New models do not have piping on back side between the shells.
PP plastic shell consists 20% chalk for density and sound characteristics.
Shell may whiten at stress point between seat and back with heavy use. This is only cosmetic and will not affect the strength of the chair.
Tested to EAN standard test level 1 for standard contract use.
Wood bases are beech internally for strength, then veneered with desired finish.
Date of manufacture stamped underneath shell.
A vertical mid-seam is required when using patterned fabrics on the beetle sofa, as the width is more than 140cm.
Comes with plastic glides, can be changed to felt.