Design Guide: Scandinavian design


Danish design duo Gam Fratesi has incorporated patterned cane panels into a collection of steam-bent furniture for Gebrüder Thonet. The range is composed of a two-seater sofa, armchair, office chair, desk, and a pair of high- and low-backed dining chairs. The upholstered Targa sofa and armchair rest on a steam-bent wooden frame – a characteristic of Gebrüder Thonet’s furniture – with a backrest that incorporates a rattan section with rounded edges.


An accompanying three-legged office chair has a rattan seat and a singular curved strip of wood that forms a backrest. The Morris chairs – a pair of upholstered seats with cane-patterned backs – come in a choice of two different backrest heights, and are a new interpretation of Gebrüder Thonet’s signature Thonet chair.


Swedish design group Front has previously used Gebrüder Thonet’s signature bent wood for a combined coat rack and bench and set of tables. The combination of bent wood and woven rattan also proved popular with Milan design studio Skrivo, which paired the two materials to create an angular armchair. GamFratesi curated a showcase of Danish design for the Mindcraft exhibition in Milan, exhibiting established names like Cecilie Manz and Ole Jensen alongside new designers.



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