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GamFratesi: A Study in the Beauty of Contrasts

Born out of a fusion of classic Danish tradition and Italian quality, furniture design studio GamFratesi was established in 2006. Founders Stine Gam and Enrico Fratesi describe their approach to design as both traditional and experimental, with an 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.”

The architectural duo split their time between their respective hometowns of Copenhagen and Pesaro, drawing inspiration from their travels and from the design traditions of both countries.

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,” the couple says.

Recipients of numerous design awards, GamFratesi’s exquisite projects range from stunning restaurant interiors to the famed Beetle Chair.

 

Beetle Dining Chairs | Rouse Home

Beetle Lounge Chair | Rouse Home

Beetle Dining Chair, Beetle Lounge Chair

 

The iconic Beetle was inspired by the prominent insect, which is visible in the chair’s shape and structure. It was created for GUBI in 2013 and first presented at Milan’s annual Mindcraft exhibition.

A favorite at renowned restaurants around the world, the Beetle boasts a comfortable design and finish optionality, making it an excellent fit for a wide variety of interiors.

“We first found inspiration in the anatomy and aesthetic of the beetle. We reinterpret 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. This insect has a very delicate form, but with an important functional aspect,” Stine Gam and Enrico Fratesi said of the Beetle.

 

Take a journey through the truly captivating world of the gorgeous GamFratesi-designed interiors.

 

Harlan & Holden Glasshouse at Rockwell | Rouse Home

Harlan & Holden Glasshouse at Rockwell | Rouse Home

Harlan & Holden Glasshouse at Rockwell

The Harlan & Holden Glasshouse at Rockwell (Manila)

Located in the hectic Philippine capital, the Harlan & Holden Glasshouse Cafe is a dreamy refuge of tropical allure right in front of one of Manila’s most popular shopping malls.

According to the designers themselves, the breathtaking design centers on “breaking the boundaries between indoor and outdoor” and showcases, among other pieces, the Beetle Bar Chair, available at Rouse Home in your choice of fabric and base finishes.

Mint-colored upholstery dominates this verdant design along with rattan furniture, a stone and terrazzo bar, and wood and stone tabletops.

Surrounded by the urban sprawl of Manila, this chic and elegant decor perfectly encapsulates the GamFratesi design philosophy.

 

 

Masculo Leather Dining Chair | Rouse HomeCobra Wall Sconce | Rouse Home

Masculo Leather Dining Chairs, Cobra Wall Sconce | Rouse Home

Masculo Leather Dining Chairs, Cobra Wall Sconce

Copenhague (Paris)

GamFratesi designed the interiors of the two restaurants located in The Danish House in Paris (Maison du Danemark) on the famed Champs-Élysées.

The fine-dining restaurant Copenhague is a luxurious, intense and sophisticated experience. Dark blue walls grace the interior of the Copenhague, paired with large mirrors and Greta Grossman’s Cobra Lamps designed for GUBI. Cobra Lamps can be found at Rouse Home.

Interspersed with white porcelain, the moody interior features Raf Simons Kvadrat textiles for the curtains and tablecloths and the Masculo Chair, offered in the fabric of your choice at Rouse Home.

 

 

Beetle Dining Chair | Rouse Home Beetle Dining Chair | Rouse Home

Beetle Upholstered Dining Chair | Rouse Home

Beetle Upholstered Dining Chair, TS Dining Table

Flora Danica (Paris)

The second restaurant in the Danish House is the quaint high-end brasserie Flora Danica. The custom furniture for Flora Danica was created in partnership with GUBI specifically for this eclectic restaurant that serves contemporary Danish dishes with a French twist.

Named after the comprehensive botanical atlas that documents Denmark’s plant life between 1761 and 1883, Flora Danica has the feel of a beautiful, lush orangery.

In contrast to Copenhague, the brasserie enjoys an abundance of natural light. Green and gray hues dominate the design that spreads across a marble floor, offset by the black and brass bases of the Beetle chairs in various textiles. The TS Table is prominently featured in the Danish restaurant as well.

The focal point of Flora Danica is the luxurious green marble bar lined with Beetle Bar Stools. The bar exuberant display is supplemented with a geometric floor.

A large wall display featuring Flora Danica drawings completes this perfect mixture of Art Deco and Nordic design, right in the heart of Paris.

 

 

Beetle Dining Chair | Rouse Home

Beetle Bar Chairs | Rouse Home

Beetle Dining Chair, Beetle Bar Chairs

Verandah (Copenhagen)

Housed in an iconic 1930’s building, Verandah was a river-view, contemporary Indian restaurant closed in 2016. As with other GamFratesi interiors, the space possessed a greenhouse feel to it, this time in a cool-toned palette of grays and blues.

The copper Orient pendants from Lightyears gave Verandah a rustic note, while the special edition Beetle Bar Chairs provided the now-closed venue with just the right touch of Danish elegance.

Among GamFratesi’s numerous impressive pieces, here is a selection of our most favorite works.

 

 

Haiku Sofa | Rouse Home

Haiku Sofa | Rouse Home

Haiku Sofa

The Haiku Sofa

Inspired by the simplicity of the eponymous Japanese poetic form, the Haiku Sofa was launched by Fredericia in 2012.

The dazzling design combines a rigid outer shell with a soft and cozy inner seat that perfectly suits both public spaces and private homes.

 

 

Masculo Chair | Rouse Home

Masculo Chair with Sledge Base | Rouse Home

Masculo Chair with Sledge Base

The Masculo Chair

The Masculo chair comes in a lounge and dining version. GamFratesi’s vision for these pieces designed for GUBI was a marriage of contrasts in the masculine back/arm section and the feminine leg base.

Simple and elegant, the Masculo Chair is offered in a variety of fabric choices and base styles.

 

 

TS 2 Tier Console Table with Tray | Rouse Home

TS 2 Tier Console Table with Tray | Rouse Home

TS 2 Tier Console Table with Tray, TS Table Collection

The TS Table Collection

The previously mentioned TS Table, designed for the Standard restaurant in Copenhagen, comes with a glass or solid marble tabletop that rests on a slim, criss-cross frame.

The different sizes and colors of the tables can be combined into a small group or used individually for adding a hint of luxury to your preferred space.

 

 

Gam Fratesi Bat Lounge Chair | Rouse Home

Bat Unupholstered Dining Chair | Rouse Home

Bat Lounge Chair, Bat Unupholstered Dining Chair, Bat Upholstered Dining Chair

The Bat Lounge Chair

With its distinctive shell that evokes a bat’s wingspan, the Bat Lounge Chair is available in both high and low back versions.

Optionality also makes the Bat Lounge Chair suitable for a broad array of settings, although we personally prefer this comfy piece for curling up with a good book in the living room.

Shop the full collection of GamFratesi furniture here.

Gam Fratesi Furniture | Rouse Home
GamFratesi

Shop the full GamFratesi Collection

 
Beetle Fully Upholstered Dining Chair - Yellow Velvet, Black Leather Piping, Black Base | Rouse Home
Beetle Fully Upholstered Dining Chair - Yellow Velvet, Black Leather Piping, Black Base
Beetle Unupholstered Dining Chair - White, Brass Base | Rouse Home
Beetle Unupholstered Dining Chair - White, Brass Base
Beetle Meeting Chair - Blue Sapphire Velvet, Brass Swivel Base | Rouse Home
Beetle Meeting Chair - Blue Sapphire Velvet, Brass Swivel Base
Beetle Fully Upholstered Dining Chair - Velvet, Brass Base | Rouse Home
Beetle Fully Upholstered Dining Chair - Velvet, Brass Base
Beetle Unupholstered Dining Chair - Sweet Pink, Brass Base | Rouse Home
Beetle Unupholstered Dining Chair - Sweet Pink, Brass Base
Beetle Fully Upholstered Dining Chair - Black Leather, Black Base | Rouse Home
Beetle Fully Upholstered Dining Chair - Black Leather, Black Base
Beetle Fully Upholstered Dining Chair - Rusty Red, Sierra Piping, Conic Base | Rouse Home
Beetle Fully Upholstered Dining Chair - Rusty Red, Sierra Piping, Conic Base
Beetle Unupholstered Bar Chair - Sweet Pink, Brass Base | Rouse Home
Beetle Unupholstered Bar Chair - Sweet Pink, Brass Base
Beetle Unupholstered Dining Chair - New Beige, Brass Base | Rouse Home
Beetle Unupholstered Dining Chair - New Beige, Brass Base
Beetle Unupholstered Dining Chair - White, Oak Base | Rouse Home
Beetle Unupholstered Dining Chair - White, Oak Base
Beetle Fully Upholstered Bar Chair - Velvet, Brass Base | Rouse Home
Beetle Fully Upholstered Bar Chair - Velvet, Brass Base
Beetle Fully Upholstered Lounge Chair - Gray, Cognac Piping, Black Chrome Base | Rouse Home
Beetle Fully Upholstered Lounge Chair - Gray, Cognac Piping, Black Chrome Base
Beetle Sofa - Orange | Rouse Home
Beetle Sofa - Orange
Beetle Ottoman - Blue | Rouse Home
Beetle Ottoman - Blue
Beetle Fully Upholstered Bar Chair - Gray, Cognac Piping, Black Base | Rouse Home
Beetle Fully Upholstered Bar Chair - Gray, Cognac Piping, Black Base
Masculo Fully Upholstered Dining Chair - Green, Black Base | Rouse Home
Masculo Fully Upholstered Dining Chair - Green, Black Base
Masculo Fully Upholstered Dining Chair - Rust Leather, Black Base | Rouse Home
Masculo Fully Upholstered Dining Chair - Rust Leather, Black Base
Masculo Fully Upholstered Dining Chair - Black Wool, Black Stained Ash Base | Rouse Home
Masculo Fully Upholstered Dining Chair - Black Wool, Black Stained Ash Base
Masculo Fully Upholstered Dining Chair - Rust, Oak Base | Rouse Home
Masculo Fully Upholstered Dining Chair - Rust, Oak Base
Masculo Fully Upholstered Dining Chair - Black Leather, Oak Base | Rouse Home
Masculo Fully Upholstered Dining Chair - Black Leather, Oak Base
Masculo Fully Upholstered Dining Chair - Black Leather, Black Swivel Base | Rouse Home
Masculo Fully Upholstered Dining Chair - Black Leather, Black Swivel Base
TS Column Dining Table - Green Marble, Black | Rouse Home
TS Column Dining Table - Green Marble, Black
TS 2 Tier Console Table with Tray - White Marble, Black | Rouse Home
TS 2 Tier Console Table with Tray - White Marble, Black
TS Column Bar Table - Green Marble, Black | Rouse Home
TS Column Bar Table - Green Marble, Black
TS Round Pouf Large - Peach, Black | Rouse Home
TS Round Pouf Large - Peach, Black
TS Round Coffee Table Small - White Marble, Black | Rouse Home
TS Round Coffee Table Small - White Marble, Black
TS Round Coffee Table Small - Brown Marble, Brass | Rouse Home
TS Round Coffee Table Small - Brown Marble, Brass
TS Column Bar Table - White Marble, Brass | Rouse Home
TS Column Bar Table - White Marble, Brass
TS Round Console Table - Rusty Red Glass, Brass | Rouse Home
TS Round Console Table - Rusty Red Glass, Brass
TS 2 Tier Console Table with Tray - Black Marble, Black | Rouse Home
TS 2 Tier Console Table with Tray - Black Marble, Black
TS Round Pouf Small - Fawn Beige, Black | Rouse Home
TS Round Pouf Small - Fawn Beige, Black
TS Rectangular Pouf - Velvet, Black | Rouse Home
TS Rectangular Pouf - Velvet, Black
Haiku 2-Seater Sofa - Hallingdal 123, Remix 612 | Rouse Home
Haiku 2-Seater Sofa - Hallingdal 123, Remix 612
Haiku 2-Seater Sofa - Hallingdal 130, Remix 143 | Rouse Home
Haiku 2-Seater Sofa - Hallingdal 130, Remix 143
Haiku 2-Seater Sofa - Remix 123, Hallingdal 130 | Rouse Home
Haiku 2-Seater Sofa - Remix 123, Hallingdal 130
Bat Low Back Lounge Chair - Pink, Antique Brass Base | Rouse Home
Bat Low Back Lounge Chair - Pink, Antique Brass Base
Bat Unupholstered Dining Chair - Pure White, Oak Base | Rouse Home
Bat Unupholstered Dining Chair - Pure White, Oak Base
Bat Unupholstered Dining Chair - Sweet Pink, Brass Base | Rouse Home
Bat Unupholstered Dining Chair - Sweet Pink, Brass Base
Bat High Back Lounge Chair - Velvet, Semi Matte Brass Base | Rouse Home
Bat High Back Lounge Chair - Velvet, Semi Matte Brass Base
Bat Low Back Lounge Chair - Sonar 3, Oak Oiled | Rouse Home
Bat Low Back Lounge Chair - Sonar 3, Oak Oiled
Bat Unupholstered Dining Chair - Black, Oak Base | Rouse Home
Bat Unupholstered Dining Chair - Black, Oak Base

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