New furniture by Gamfratesi 30.11.09

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Not Bamboo lamp

Gamfratesi won this year's Walk The Plank award, a Danish gong for furniture design in wood. The Danish-Italian duo mixes old craft techniques with modern processes – but while the forms draw on Stine Gam's Danish design heritage, the studio doesn't miss opportunities to have a bit of fun, playing with dimensions to create pieces that have something slightly cartoonish about them.

Three new pieces were presented at Gamfratesi's exhibition at the Kunstindustrimuseet in Copenhagen, the most exciting of which is a desk with a large upholstery-covered shell over it. "We wanted to create a private space where you feel enclosed," says Gam, the Danish half of Gamfratesi. "The bubble is upholstered so when people are talking around you it keeps their noise out, and it keeps your noise in. It protects you from chaos." It would also make a great mobile micro-office in small flats.

Also new is the Not Bamboo Lamp, made of hollow oak tubes – each 60cm long, they slot together (in a bamboo-like fashion) to form extrusions as long or short as you fancy. Removing or adding pieces from the top end allows you to alter the angle of the lamp's projection.

The most complicated addition however was a chair. The studio wanted to design a chair that looked as close to its delicate paper model as possible. They tried to make it in wood, iron and plastic before realising aluminium was the only material that could go that thin. It is called 3mm Chair to mark their achievement.

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3mm chair

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Not Bamboo lamp

 

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Anna Bates

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The studio doesn't miss opportunities to have a bit of fun, playing with dimensions to create pieces that have something slightly cartoonish about them

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