The plastic editions of GUBI’s most popular dining chair, the Beetle, have been reimagined for outdoor use. Reexamining its materials, aesthetics and function has led to the addition of an outdoor treatment, opening up new possibilities and making the chair perfect for both indoor and outdoor use. Special additives in the molded polypropylene shell help to prevent the colour from fading due to weather damage, making the already versatile chair even more dynamic. Its light weight enables it to be easily moved, breaking down barriers between internal and external spaces.
The Outdoor Collection maintains the distinguishing elegant lines of the Beetle, now combined with the informality and lightness of the outdoors – where it can be closer to nature. The chair’s base was developed to maintain these proportions while offering structural integrity. Its coupling mechanism with the shell is organic in form, and the way in which its conical leg design blends with the structure under the seat reflects a branching tree – a design detail that was inspired by nature but respects a minimal and geometric aesthetic. In this way, the chairs approach the outdoor space, while preserving the qualities and values of the indoor version.
An tightly curated palette of two colors – New Beige and Alabaster White – for the shells and matching bases across both chairs enables them to fit perfectly into a variety of public and private contexts. The finishes have always been a fundamental part of the chairs, so an extensive study was conducted to develop the matt-satin texture, which offers a soft tactility.
GamFratesi Design Studio was established in 2006. Stine Gam (born 1975) and Enrico Fratesi (born 1978) belong to the latest generation of furniture architects. Stine is Danish, while Enrico is Italian 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 dual traditional background, they draw on the classic Danish furniture and craft tradition as well as the classic 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 substrate they create furniture that respectfully reflects 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.