The Masculo chair is based on a strong contrast, as manifested in the opposition between the expressive and characteristic backrest supported by a light metal structure. The chair is aggressive and masculine, and at the same time soft and embracing, with a unique and sophisticated detailing. The upholstery work of the backrest is of very high quality of craftsmanship all closed by hand stitching in the traditional way, and with a unique hand placed detail of closure in the front of the armrests
With the design of Masculo chair our idea was to experiment with a kind of contradiction between a partly classical design as deeprooted in the Danish furniture tradition, and challenge it in the combination with contemporary dynamic lines and translations of materials and production techniques. We required to examine the impact of the meeting between something partly traditional, but in an atypical context, and it appears to the effect of this contrast, that the chair is to be situated some interesting place in the borderland between harmony and disharmony.
Haiku / 2012
Manufactured by FREDERICIA
The sofa is a reinterpretation of a Haiku, a traditional, compact and evocative form of Japanese poetry, intended as a sensory image to suggest an emotion. The sofa has a rigid exterior with an enclosing shape, and a much softer and intimate interior, which suggests a protective function and encourages a sense of curiosity. We have pursued a subtle contrast in the combination of textiles to strengthen the intuitive sense of function. The legs, like four pencil marks, hold and elevate the sofa, enhancing the shape of the upholstery. Haiku sofa is designed as a series of two and three seats sofa.
Manufactured by Ligne Roset // 2012
Like the original, Picnic is raised on short legs with a handle looped over the top so it’s easy to move around. The storage section is evocative of the traditional sewing box, but when one turns away from the original function (the first priority is no longer necessarily to arrange one’s sewing kit) and updates the materials (black-stained ash replaces the more traditional oak or cherry), it transcends the more ordinary references to take on another dimension altogether, one which is both familiar and strange. Picnic’s familiar, domestic character is underlined by the softly curved treatment of the storage chest as well as its support feet/handle which enables it to be moved about with ease.
Manufactured by Lightyears // 2013
Volume lamp is a small table lamp that takes inspiration from the buttons on the old stereo amplifiers. An apparently forgotten, but significant gesture, where through a mechanical rotation of the button, we obtained a clear and direct perception of the function, increase or decrease the volume. Volume lamp design comes from the desire to rediscover this direct feeling. The function is emphasized entirely in the overall design, reaching the boundary between concept and design, a lamp dimmer or a dimmer lamp? The size of the shade is proportioned to the size of the hand, inviting to touch and use the lamp in an informal way, laying the hand on its shade and adjusting the intensity of light with a simple gesture.
Manufactured by Ligne Roset // 2014
Fraga is a combination of a table and a pouf, hence its unusual name. With the Fraga, we have not only made an effort to combine the functions of a table and a pouf, but also to combine soft and hard surfaces. In that way, they mirrors our different moods, because sometimes we’re relaxed and sometimes we’re more concentrated. No matter what your state of mind is, it’s possible to find use for this hybrid. The contrast in the combination of materials strengthen the intuitive sense of function, where the tray has the traditional function of a coffeetable, where to put a glas and a cup of coffee etc. The edges of the tray will protect the upholstery. The upholstered surface is indicated to use for support as well; for a computer, a mobilephone or putting up the feet - where a softer support is pleasant. The corners are rounded in a friendly shape easy to place close to the sofa. The pouf allows to be combined with various sofas by personalizing the textile. The legs are in stained wood. The tray can be removed for cleaning, as the fabric of the pouf is removable.
Manufactured by FontanaArte // 2013
The Cheshire Cat is a fictional cat popularised by Lewis Carroll as depiction of it in Alice in the Wonderland.
It has many interesting references to be inspired: the lamp should be just like a lazy cat on a sideboard, cosy and friendly. In the novel the world in which the cat lives is a place where everything is illogical and nonsense but the cat makes you think in a philosophical way... As well it continuously appears and disappears...like light...
Manufactured by CASAMANIA // 2012
“Chariot” is a side table composed of three simple elements: wheels, trays and structure. The wheels, which in common trolleys are usual of small dimension, are redimensioned and are becoming the central element of the project, giving the trolley an iconic and unique expression. A standard profile in silicone is insert in the wheel protecting and optimizing the movement. The curve on the upper part of the metal structure is working as handle, and lifting slightly by the handle the trolley is easy to move around.
Manufactured by Swedese
A broom usually consists of following three elements; the fibres for cleaning insert in a plastic or wooden piece, the cylindric handle in aluminium, plastic or wood, and a hole or a string attached for hanging the broom on an occasional hook when not in use.
In this case the handle is becomming the ‘hole’, and so giving value to the object even when out of use, with a surpricing expression and functionality.
The brush consists of natural horsehair combined with a minimum percentage of synthetic fibres to keep rigid, and they are insert in a piece of solid ash. The hook is an integrated part of the object turned in solid ash, and it is comunicating with the function and aesthetic of the object even when apart, recalling the ab- sence of the broom as a graphical dot on the wall.
Manufactured by Casamania // 2013
The project is based on the re-design of the technical functional detail in a graphic element, creating an unexpected and iconic aesthetics. The various components of the product give the entire project an aesthetic similar to an instrument for geometric design, the "compass". Compass is available in three finishes, natural oak, white and black, with circular detail in metal and leather strap.
Manufactured by Gubi // 2013
Suddenly out of the chaos on the desk the focus is being moved. By catching and enclosing in circles the confusion of lines, they start to appear with a certain geometrical beauty and logic.
This is reinterpreted in the paper tables by the use of veneer.
The project consist of a serie of three round coffee tables in different size and hight, where the veneer is changing direction on the circular tabletops. By placing the tables in different positions it is possible to obtain a particular and minimalistic graphic pattern of the tabletops. The structure of the three tables is made of laminated wood.
Manufactured by Ligne Roset // 2011
Rewrite desk was created for an exhibition at the Museum of Art and Design of Copenhagen in September 2009, is since jannuary 2011 in production with Ligne Roset. The idea behind Rewrite began as a study of the desktop and especially an atmosphere and feeling we believe is needed even in the middle of an accelerating communication and technology. Rewrite is thought of as a kind of isolating workingbubble, that can work as a satellitedesk anywhere one can feel the need of concentration and shielding – in open space offices, public spaces or at home. With its rounded shape it can be placed freely as dots in a room. A private base in the group without being a denial of it, but an addition to it causing an alternative. In our design of the desktop Rewrite we have worked on creating a meeting between something well known and something surprising. The table is therefore traditional in its form and material, but when the big screen is added, both proportions and historical references are brought out of balance. In the table functional elements have been integrated as a white lacquered metal box, which is attached under the table in order to hide cables and transformers, and the cable exit in the tabletop is white lacquered too. The screen is upholstered and covered with textile because of its visual and acoustic characteristics. It has a cave-like shape and creates a secure and intimate sphere, which partially closes out disturbing light and sounds. It has a doublesided acoustic function that protects against noise from the outside as well as from the inside.
manufactured by Ligne Roset // 2013
Nubo, the simple space-saving wall shelf metamorphoses into a treasure box, evocative of a suitcase with its bar of soap-like lines – like the Air France blue fabric travelling case of the 1960s: its rounded cloud shape and its luminous yet warm association of natural oak and sky blue wool fabric also fall into the same vintage Scandinavian register.
Its modesty of purpose (a space-saving little occasional desk for mini laptop or tablet) is ennobled by its functional and aesthetic treatment which recalls the luxurious sea chests used for the voyages of yesteryear or the folding furniture used on military campaigns (Napoleon). Such themes as are beloved of Louis Vuitton and Hermès, for example. A decorative wall-mounted element which takes up little space (depth 14 cm), Nubo offers, when open, a functional work surface equipped with a cable slit and a retaining bar for documents.
Manufactured by ONE NORDIC // 2013
Invited by One Nordic to design a side table for their collection, we where inspired to combine the aesthetic of a high quality crafted wooden piece, as to our Danish tradition, with the challenge of a functional flatpack assembly system which One Nordic is based on.
Key Table consists of a beautiful wooden table top turned in massive ash and a light metal structure.
The project is based on a particular locking system referring to a tripod mechanism.
Traditionally a crafted wooden furniture would have a complex wooden joinery to connect the elements. We have translated the classic joinery into a connection system, with a small plastic element, which combines the traditional Scandinavian crafted piece with a technical element. The table has an unexpected solution and very simple approach, where the assembling is made just by turning the two plastic elements into each other.
Edited by Galerie Marie Wettergren // 2012
A project inspired by the aesthetic of mid-century Scandinavian stoneware vessels. We have always been fascinated by their sculptural clean lines, the combination of texture on the surface, the play of natural colors, with sophisticated crafted glaze color variations. When several vessels are arranged together, they become more than decorative, a composition of stoneware expresses a simple picture of meditation. The collection is a tribute to these artists and the sculptures that they have given us in our homes.
- Tables serie of 3 in different stones and sizes/ each serie edition of 20 - Etching edition of 30 signed and numbered framed 60 x 80 cm
Manufactured by GUBI // 2013
GamFratesi found the inspiration for Beetle Chair in
the anatomy and aesthetic of the beetle.They reinterprets the beetle’s hard and characteristic
shell and structure in a chair that, like an actual beetle,
has a hard exterior and a soft interior. The dynamic ability of the insect in space, is develo-
ped through a four-legged chair on castors. The chair
is stackable and flexible suited for informal meetings,
allowing mobility around the table and being flexible
and spontaneous in the workspace.
The beetle chair was presented for the first time at the annual exhibition Mindcraft12 in Milan, organized by Danish Crafts.
Manufactured by SWEDESE // 2008
The Cartoon chair is the result of a longer study in anthropomorphism; as attribution of uniquely human characteristics to nonhuman creatures and beings, natural and supernatural phenomena, material states and objects or abstract concepts. It is a development of the Antropomorfo chairs shown on the previous pages, and it is inspired by the spontaneous expression in children’s drawings, and their free way of illustrating objects and personages, so that they often appears anthropomorphically and with surprising proportions. The challenge was to translate and interpret this expression from a childish freehand drawing into a three dimensional furniture. Despite the cartoonish proportions, the detailing is extremely precise, lifted by strict Scandinavian characteristics and a high quality traditional work process. The small buttons embedded in the oversized backrest are intended to bring an element of anthropomorphism. The over dimension of the upholstered backrest catches great attention, but at the same time it brings all other elements completely out of balance, and unexpectedly it renders the small details even smaller, though giving them even greater importance. The use of natural materials is giving life to this personage between human and form.
Not bamboo light
One off // 2009
Not bamboo lamp is created by the repetition of one single element that can be extended infinitely. The elements are turned in wood, and are drilled inside, where the cable has to pass. There are three variants of the same element; one extension element, one socket element, and one suspension element. For one lamp minimum one socket element and one suspension element is necessary, while there can be added an optional number of extension elements. Adjusting the length of the suspension wire makes it possible to change the inclination of the lamp, because of its suspension system, where the end of the lamp rests freely on the ceiling, which allows the lamp to be rotated in the room. The connections of the elements are highlighted by a rounded finish in the ends, and a plastic washer dividing the elements. This emphasis of the construction has a graphical effect as well, that draws clear circles in the wood along the lamp, and reminds of the structure in a bamboo – without being it – thereas the name not bamboo lamp. The lamp can hang alone or it can be duplicated in a chaotic space installation.
Prototype // 2007
The Antropomorfo chairs, which are precursors for and related to the Cartoon chair, represents a part of an experimenting study in anthropomorphism; as attribution of uniquely human characteristics to non-human creatures and beings, natural and supernatural phenomena, material states and objects or abstract concepts. We are surrounded by anthropomorphic elements just waiting to be discovered and brought to life by the fantasy of who observes. This project is an interpretation of these living objects that communicate with us silently. The chairs are inspired by the spontaneous expression in children’s drawings and their ability to bring surprising characteristics and proportions to their figures.
Manufactured by CASAMANIA // 2009
A series of coffee tables simply inspired by the iconic shape of the jellyfish, whose typical soft and smooth body is enclosing its internal structure, from which tentacles are suspended. It is not the typical table that can be filled to the edge. The shape forces actually the user to select and place the objects with attention. Our intention was that the tables should be made all from one single material, to preserve the simplicity and the iconic in the expression. The material should make it possible to have a thin and light structure to support the more robust top plate that we at the same time sought to give the smooth and rounded form as the jellyfish. Working in metal made it possible to obtain these requirements, so the tables are entirely made of metal; a steel structure with a top plate pressed from a metal sheet. They are powder coated, so they can be used both indoor and outdoor.
A tree in the water
Prototype // 2011
A serie of objects inspired from the aesthetic and the
reflections of a tree in the water. The objects are made in wood and steel, and are created by simple samplings of elements screwed together in geometrical compositions becoming vases or
bowls. Therefore there is no need of glue or joinery
to connect the different elements. The wood elements
are turned in solid oak symbolizing the trunk of the
tree that mirrors in the chromed or coloured metal
disc which symbolize the water. In the vases there will be a thin transparent glass pipe
insert for keeping the water and easy to fill and clean.
Manufactured by CASAMANIA // 2009
The term Alien comes from the Latin alius and means other, therefore the meaning of this term depends completely of its contest. The idea to create this family of aliens was meant as a celebration to diversity and the undiscovered. We found it important to give Alieno a friendly shape inviting to receive the other and so the alien, or being received by the other. The simplicity of the shapes is with its immediate communication easy to recognize and memorize, with the intention to make people experience new stories, sometimes fantastic and imaginary. The chairs are of powder coated metal, so they can be used both indoor and outdoor.
Manufactured by Erik Jorgensen // 2010
Chameleon chair is a monochrome chair, where the simplicity of a Shaker chair is disturbed by a soft upholstered backrest cushion, which is en¬closed in the structure between the two sides. Like the chameleon, which manages to change colour and integrate into its surroundings, the chair plays with the perfect match of colours between the stained ash structure and the textile of the upholstered cushion.
Prototype // 2009
Beginning of this project was the fascination of the fantastic shapes that can be achieved by folding a single piece of paper. We are constantly working with models and paper templates in our work process, and we were interested in the relation between the defined forms and the thin material. Therefore parallel to our shape studies a process occurred with material research in order to find the right material to forward these shapes and to perform a chair with this paperthin and simple expression. It has been a long and complex process, and prior to the final prototype we have realized a wide range of models in 1:1 both in thermoforming, veneer and iron. The final result is made of a 3 mm aluminum sheet, thereas the name 3 mm chair, and this ultrathin aluminum shell, is placed on a cantilever structure, which makes the shell float in the back. The structure is more robust than the shell, which creates a strong contrast that makes the shell seem even lighter, and look just like a sheet of folded paper.
manufactured by Add Interior // 2008
The upholstered shell has a basic and minimalistic shape and it is leaning on an essential structure in solid oak. The exclusive leather cushion is sophisticately taylored with a stitched motive. The design is applied to a traditional craftmanship.
OneOff // Moleskine 2012
Detour exhibition by moleskine, is a project dedicated to culture and creativity worldwide that features internationally recognized artists, architects, film directors, graphic designers, illustrators, and writers.
the travelling group show curated by raffaella guidobono, invites authors to compile and illustrate moleskine notebooks with experienced knowledge insider tips for adventurous nomads. all of them deliver an insight into the artists' creative process. Amongst the notebooks some works contain extensive stories; others are turned into pieces of contemporary art and design; for the exhibition GamFratesi based their concept on the idea of house:
"During the trip the Moleskine rapresents the "home" of our memories, thoughts and images collected every day. We decided to translate this simple concept with a folding bookmark. We created a bookmark made of wood and laminate, with the fabric internally with the function of hinge. The bookmark can be folded together transported with the moleskine, once opened, serves as a bookmark in a surprising way. The open notebook is placed on top, keeping the position at the time of our work, and creating the stereotype of a house."
Design of the Exhibition at the Triennale di Milano / Italy
The exhibition "DANISH CHROMATISM” at the Triennale Design Museum / Salone D'onore, introduces a selection of traditional and contemporary design from 30 Danish companies in an innovative and unusual chromatic interpretation, during "Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2013".
Signe Byrdal Terenziani, initiator and organizer of the project invited GamFratesi studio to design the exhibition.
"Traditionally Danish design is associated with wooden furniture and natural color. In this exhibition, we want to reinterpret the traditional aesthetics through the use of color – to create a new experience of the relationship between the classic and the modern products," says the architects GamFratesi.
The exhibition aim to create a meeting point between products, space and color. The result being an impressive installation, more of 200 mt of Kvadrat textile on the walls, where visitors will be projected to Danish design in a sensory experience. The exhibition DANISH CHROMATISM was developed with inspiration from the work of Josef Albers, in which the artist plays with the interaction of colors on different spatial levels.