EXPERIENCE THE CAPTIVATING ESSENCE OF THE ARCHETYPAL CHAIR FORM
HAND IN HAND WITH SUPERIOR CRAFTSMANSHIP
The result is a new typology for the GUBI Collection: an understated half-arm dining chair that epitomizes GamFratesi’s craftsmanship, creativity, and material understanding, with enough poetry to make the piece feel fresh, light, and contemporary.
THE PERFECT HYBRID OF DINING CHAIR AND ARMCHAIR
The elegantly tapered legs of the powder-coated steel frame support a generous rounded seat and an embracing backrest that extends to partially support the forearm, elbow, or hands as an occasional armrest. It allows you to easily twist around to speak to the person sitting next to you at dinner, while still remaining comfortable long after dessert and coffee are served.
A MINIMALIST PROFILE
with an updated take on modernist geometry
THE DESIGN PROCESS
In designing the Violin Chair, GamFratesi set out to distill the archetypal form of a chair into its purest representation, without losing the sense of character for which they have become renowned.
The name references the two parallel lines that extend from the backrest to a horizontal bar below the seat, evoking two parallel strings on a violin. It was these two lines, in the form of two pencil marks on the very earliest sketch, that provided the initial spark of inspiration for the design. The musicality of the name resonates with a chair that reflects a musical instrument in its geometry, symmetry, and craftsmanship.
GamFratesi has been working with GUBI since the inception of their studio and the development of the Beetle Chair. With their own dual heritage, Italian Enrico Fratesi and Danish Stine Gam share GUBI’s ability to synthesize seemingly opposing ideas – the classic and the contemporary, the intellectual and the sensual, the understated and the expressive, the manufactured and the unique. These juxtapositions, as well as the boldness and curiosity that drives their desire to find inspiration in unfamiliar territory, are epitomized in the Beetle.
FALL COLLECTION 2023
This Fall, we rediscover and reintroduce lost treasures of design history for the present generation. Reemerging trends from past decades set the mood, with playful and geometric shapes and boldness in materials: Hand-stitched bamboo, brass craftsmanship, gleaming chrome, super-smooth leathers, strokable bouclés, velvety chenilles – as well as fresh, tactile take on seersucker.