Copenhagen native Stine Gam studied furniture design at the Aarhus School of Architecture, graduating in 2006. Originally from Pesaro, Italy, Enrico Fratesi studied industrial design at the University of Florence and the University of Ferrara, graduating in 2007. The two met in 2004, while Gam was an exchange student in Italy, and together they settled in Copenhagen, where they founded GamFratesi studio, focused on furniture and interiors. Their diverse backgrounds allow them to move between two design cultures – Danish simplicity and Italian intellectualism – with a fluidity that shows in their offerings. The cultural intersection has provided consistent inspiration for the designers and become a throughline in their work, in which an understanding of tradition allows them to experiment while remaining rooted in Scandinavian craft and functionalism. Considered furniture architects, Gam and Fratesi emphasize artisanal details while remaining focused on the basics of concept, story and utility. Within a body of work that likes to surprise is the Beetle Chair, inspired by the appearance and movement of the namesake insect. GamFratesi received the Elle Decoration International Design Award (EDIDA) as International Young Designer of the Year in 2013. Their pieces have been shown in La Triennale di Milano, Design Museum Denmark in Copenhagen, the Royal Danish Embassy in Tokyo and Art Basel in Miami.
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