In designing the Violin Chair, architects Stine Gam and Enrico Fratesi set out to distil the archetypal form of a chair into its purest representation, without ever losing the sense of character for which they have become renowned. The result is a new typology for the GUBI Collection: an understated half-arm dining chair that epitomizes GamFratesi’s craftsmanship, creativity, and material understanding, with enough poetry to make the piece feel fresh, light and contemporary.
The name references the two parallel lines that that extend from the backrest to a horizontal bar below the seat, evoking two parallel strings on a violin, or even a tuning fork. It was these two lines, in the form of two pencil marks on the very earliest sketch, that provided the initial spark of inspiration for the design. The musicality of the name resonates with a chair that reflects a musical instrument in its geometry, symmetry and craftsmanship.
Further details such as the gentle curves at either side of those elegant parallel bars imbue the chair with a distinctive sense of character. This refined detail gives the Violin Chair its decorative signature as well as providing functional support for the backrest. The craftsmanship involved in creating the chair’s branching form, without welding for mechanical fixtures, sees a solid piece of steel divide into two very fine lines, giving an expression of filigree imbued with formal simplicity.
Materials & Finishes
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This listing refers to the more voluminous edition of the Violin chair. Thanks to its fully upholstered back and superb ergonomics, it can serve as both dining chair and armchair.
The tapered legs of the powder-coated steel frame are light on the eyes and hands, making it easy to move within the home.
The seat upholstery is available online in Gubi Light Boucle Wool (37% linen, 31% cotton, 19% viscose, 10% polyester, 3% assorted fabrics), Gubi Harp fabric (70% cotton, 15% acrylic, 8% polyester, 5% wool, 2% polyamid), Gubi Velvet (100% cotton), Dedar Karakorum Wool (42% wool, 33% viscose, 24% cotton, 1% nylon) and Sørensen Dunes Leather (European raw hide, Aniline leather, chrome-free).
It is also available with a wooden backrest — please see separate listing for this item.
W 58 x D 55 x H 76 cm. Seat height: 45 cm.
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Year of design