With the signature detail of a small solid-brass sphere set between parallel partner legs, design studio GamFratesi suggests the letters that spell out "I-O-I,” the name they’ve given to their smaller tall table. The juxtaposition of chrome and brass recalls Art Deco style but subtly updated with a minimalist touch. With gorgeous natural marble with its rich patterning for the tabletop, this version from the IOI series works well in pairs or clusters but also goes it alone as a jewel-like side table.
19.7" h x 19.7" dia (50x50cm)
Design is an unceasing continuum, believes this Danish house, now owned by a second generation. Owner and creative director Jacob Gubi Olsen inherited the helm from his parents Gubi and Lisbeth Larson, who founded the business to showcase their postmodern furniture. Under Jacob’s watch, Gubi added a global focus to its roots in Copenhagen, with a cosmopolitan array of furniture, lighting and interior objects.
Alongside 20th Century icons such as Robert Dudley Best and Greta Magnusson-Grossman, the design house has championed a new wave of design studios including GamFratesi, Space Copenhagen and OeO Studio. “I started out with two very strong designs, Bestlite—a Bauhaus collection designed in 1930—and Gubi Chair, designed in 2003. I felt they had something in common,” says Jacobs. “Iconic appearance, functional design, high quality, aesthetic design language and adaptable for many different kinds of interiors. I took these values as a guideline for any new designs added to the collection ever since.”