Gubi & GamFratesi – how wonderful it sounds. Rich and lyrical, almost regal; it is an arranged marriage between the design gods. Gubi, thoughtful and timelessly Scandinavian sees with its keen eye, the fruitful relationship of Danish-Italian design duo GamFratesi.
Salone del Mobile Milano 2014 saw several new additions to the Gubi & GamFratesi collection – the taller brother of the Beetle chair; the Beetle Bar Stool, the strong and sophisticated Masculo chair (now available on a swivel base), and the TS table (named after The Standard, a GamFratesi designed hotel in Copenhagen).
All three of these designs have one thing in common, their heavy bodies float weightlessly on slender frames. Whether it be upholstered shells, curvaceous masculine backs or marble tops, their fine black legs almost disappear, giving them a sense of divinity. Sitting on parquetry flooring against vivid white walls, you can truly appreciate how each piece was conceived and implemented.
Gam and Fratesi speak about this design ethos as an expression of their relationship, the marriage of the playful, full-bodied Italian spirit to the immaculate, tender-handed craftsmanship of the Danish. It is a beautiful thing to witness a married bliss as pure as this.