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With its striking, organic form, remarkable comfort and endless configurations, it took less than a decade for Danish Italian duo GamFratesi’s Beetle Dining Chair to become a genuine design classic.
The Beetle Chair’s durable outer shell is a continuous, curved form, reminiscent of the strong and graceful contours of the insect that inspired it. Despite its robustness, it is designed to gently flex, providing comfort even after prolonged sitting, making it ideal for dining and meetings. Sleek and elegant conical metal legs add an overall lightness to the design, accentuating the ‘beetle’ aesthetic.
Simplicity of shape makes the Beetle Chair ideal for variation and customization. It can be fully upholstered, with a vast array of fabrics to choose from. It is also possible to upholster just the seat, or the front, revealing the subtly-textured matte plastic shell at the back. With so many combinations possible, there is a Beetle for every occasion, whether at home, work or in hospitality settings.
Colour: Various fabric options. Please enquire at firstname.lastname@example.org. Prices start from $1799 for conic base.
Material: Laminated moulded shell. Black wooden base. Plastic glides included.
H 87 x W 52 x D 50 cms
Seating height: 45 cms
The inspiration of the Beetle Chair Collection has been found in the insect world as GamFratesi has been looking closely at the anatomy and movement of the beetle: “The design of the chair reinterprets the characteristic elements of the beetles’ sections: shape, shells, sutures, rigid outside and soft inside”. The result is a chair that cunningly interprets the shell of this four-legged creature. The comfortable yet dynamic design makes this chair suitable for multiple environments whether it is in the home or the workplace.
Gubi was founded in 1967 by Jacob and Sebastian's parents, Gubi and Lisbeth Olsen. They initially focused on producing Olsen's furniture designs and selling textiles to the retail sector. Eager to make their own mark, the sons opened a concept store and introduced fashion into the equation. In fact, they were amongst the first to import Prada and Helmut Lang to Denmark, returning their focus back to the family business in 2001.
Since then, they have transposed the original creative vision into a contemporary context, putting Gubi on the map as a global player on the design scene. In an ever-changing international landscape, it takes an enormous amount of drive and determination to keep chasing icons. It's that type of endless energy, enthusiasm and entrepreneurial spirit which has catapulted Gubi into an iconic status all its own.