At Home With GamFratesi in Copenhagen, Photo © Nick Hughes | Yellowtrace

Dana Tomic Hughes at Home With GamFratesi in Copenhagen, Photo © Nick Hughes | Yellowtrace
At home with Stine Gam & Enrico Fratesi in their beautiful Copenhagen home.
Photography © Nick Hughes/ Yellowtrace.

 

I feel incredibly excited, honoured and humbled to share with you one of my greatest personal highlights since starting Yellowtrace 6 years ago. Massive statement, I realise, as there have been so, so many, but spending a morning with Stine & Enrico of GamFratesi at their beautiful home in Copenhagen was one of those “pinch me – is this real” kind of experiences.

It is no secret I have been a huge admirer of GamFratesi’s work and their ability to design products, interiors and stage events and installations that have elicited huge levels of love in me, two of which scored a perfect 10 out of 10 on the Dana cry-o-meter (see them here and here). Stine & Enrico are truly two of my favourite designers working today across any field. Big statement for someone who eats design for breakfast, lunch, dinner and all snacks, but I absolutely stand by it.

After meeting Enrico in Copenhagen last year, we again bumped into each-other in Milan during Salone in April where I got to meet the lovely Stine for the first time. That day we made a pact I would let them know next time I was in Copenhagen. There I thought it would be ages before I had the chance to revisit one of my favourite cities, but as luck would have it, Nick and I were back there in September.

 

At Home With GamFratesi in Copenhagen, Photo © Nick Hughes | Yellowtrace

At Home With GamFratesi in Copenhagen, Photo © Nick Hughes | YellowtraceAt Home With GamFratesi in Copenhagen, Photo © Nick Hughes | Yellowtrace

At home with Stine Gam & Enrico Fratesi in their beautiful Copenhagen home.
Photography © Nick Hughes/ Yellowtrace.

 

Just before flying out of Sydney, I got in touch with Stine & Enrico at an off chance they had time to catch up in their studio on one of the two free days Nick and I had. Enrico was prompt to get back to me and invite us to their home for breakfast. Get. OUT! This is even more amazing as they were both incredibly busy in the lead up to their MINDCRAFT exhibition opening at the Danish Design Museum that same week.

We rolled up in front of their building on a sunny Copenhagen morning. As we reached the front door, I saw the intercom with all the residents names, one of which said GamFratesi, at which point I felt a slight loss of sensation in my legs. “I cannot believe this is happening. We are having breakfast with GamFratesi. In their home. In Copenhagen. This is insane. I am SO EXCITED!”,  I said to Nick. As per usual, he told me to cool my jets and pull myself together, which I did before buzzing.

Honestly you guys, how can I explain this as I don’t mean to come across as a tragic loser or – worse still – a snobby name dropper – but I was genuinely beside myself with excitement and sheer joy. I felt a massive sense of pride and achievement in that very moment – someone who used to fear blogging (and speaking out), was battling all sorts of silly insecurities and hesitated writing her first post for more than a year was there standing at the doorstep of design world superstars. As a friend. Insane!

We buzzed and walked in and up the stairs. They opened the door and greeted us with big smiles and so much heart. The whole situation felt surreal to me – in fact I’m pretty sure that’s what I said to them. And their home… Well… Blow me down with a feather. I was literally floored. Every single room, every single corner and surface was sublime. From the kitchen, to the bedrooms, the study, dining room, living room… Everything was so, so beautiful, and a perfect synthesis of Stine, Enrico and GamFratesi – their aesthetics and their exacting, poetic approach. I recognised certain elements and moments from their projects and installations I’ve seen over the years (like this one), spotting all the beautiful pieces they had designed for various brands mixing effortlessly with classic pieces created by others. It was all achingly beautiful – rich and full of detail, yet perfectly harmonised and effortless, much like their work.

 

At Home With GamFratesi in Copenhagen, Photo © Nick Hughes | YellowtraceDana Tomic Hughes at Home With GamFratesi in Copenhagen, Photo © Nick Hughes | Yellowtrace

Dana Tomic Hughes at Home With GamFratesi in Copenhagen, Photo © Nick Hughes | Yellowtrace
At home with Stine Gam & Enrico Fratesi in their beautiful Copenhagen home. Oh lordy!
Photography © Nick Hughes/ Yellowtrace.

 

We shared a simple Danish breakfast and chatted about the year they had, the year we had, getting to know each-other a bit better. I tried to convince them to join Instagram, but I don’t think I had any luck there. You see, everything that Stine and Enrico do is about focusing on creating their very best work. The only bit of promotion they do is say yes to some interviews (this one with Financial Times took place a few days before we visited them), and otherwise focus on doing what they do best. Instagram and other social media is not their game. They are keeping things simple and old school. They answer their own emails. They are personal and hands on with everything they do, and I love that about them (despite the fact I wish I was able to keep up with their daily adventures via Instagram!)

 

GamFratesi Targa for Gebruder Thonet | Yellowtrace

GamFratesi Targa for Gebruder Thonet | Yellowtrace
Targa Lounge by GamFratesi for Gebrüder Thonet, launched at Salone del Mobile 2015 in Milan.
Image courtesy of Gebrüder Thonet.

GamFratesi Morris for Gebruder Thonet | Yellowtrace
Morris Dining Chair by GamFratesi for Gebrüder Thonet, launched at Salone del Mobile 2015 in Milan.
Image courtesy of Gebrüder Thonet.

GamFratesi Allegory for Gebruder Thonet | Yellowtrace
Allegory Desk by GamFratesi for Gebrüder Thonet, launched at Salone del Mobile 2015 in Milan.
Image courtesy of Gebrüder Thonet.

GamFratesi Screen System for Cappellini | Yellowtrace
GamFratesi’s Screen System, finally in production with Cappellini and launched at Salone del Mobile 2015 in Milan.
Image courtesy of Gebrüder Thonet.

GamFratesi Traveller Daybed for Porro | Yellowtrace
GamFratesi’s Traveller Daybed for Porro.
Image courtesy of Gebrüder Thonet.

GamFratesi MINDCRAFT15 Exhibition at Danish Design Museum Copenhagen, Photo © Nick Hughes | Yellowtrace

GamFratesi MINDCRAFT15 Exhibition at Danish Design Museum Copenhagen, Photo © Nick Hughes | Yellowtrace
MINDCRAFT15 exhibition at Danish Design Museum in Copenhagen. GamFratesi’s idea behind MINDCRAFT was to explore the span between experimenting, innovative and conceptual design, and sublime artistic and technical proficiency in Danish craft and design. They framed the MINDCRAFT concept with the exhibition theme ‘In Between’, reflecting the fact that Danish craftspeople and designers work in a field of tension in between mind and craft.
Photography © Nick Hughes/ Yellowtrace.

 

It’s been an amazing year for Stine and Enrico. They’ve received a bunch of high profile awards, released a number of beautiful new products for the likes of Porro, Gerbruder Thonet and Capellini, staged the amazing MINDCRAFT15 in Milan, and later on in their home town, which we were incredibly fortunate to see in both cities (scroll down for more images from Copenhagen below). Their work continues to set a benchmark with a certain delicious Danish/Italian blend and a meeting of two great minds. They are also expecting their second child right about now, (Stine managed to disguise her bump in all the photos Nick took like a real pro).

I think it’s best if I leave it at that, but I will say just one more thing – Dearest Stine & Enrico, I bow to you in deepest admiration and respect. Thank you for sharing a little part of your private world with us today. Extreme love to the power of 10. Always x

 

Related Posts:
#YellowtraceTravels: Copenhagen, Denmark.
Interview: Stine Gam & Enrico Fratesi of GamFratesi.
MINDCRAFT15 Exhibition Concept and Curation by GamFratesi // MILANTRACE2015.

 

 


[Photography © Nick Hughes/ Yellowtrace.]

 

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Dana Tomić Hughes
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Dana is an award-winning interior designer living in Sydney, Australia. With an unhealthy passion for design, Dana commits to an abnormal amount of daily design research. Regular travel and attendance at premier design events, enables Dana to stay at the forefront of the design world globally. While she is super serious about design, Dana never takes herself - nor design - too seriously. Together with her life and business partner, Nick Hughes, Dana is Boss Lady at Studio Yellowtrace, specialising in Interior Design, Creative Direction and Special Projects. The studio takes a highly conceptual and holistic approach to translating brands & ideas into places.

One Response

  1. Tammy Miconi

    Hi Dana, I’m catching up on all your work while on my little break and I loved loved loved this post! Your excitement really penetrates through and I can’t help but feel inspired. GamFratesi are an amazing duo and a huge thanks to you and Nick for sharing!

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