Future design icon: Masculo chair

Design duo Stine Gam and Enrico Fratesi of GamFratesi. Image credit:

When we asked owner of Créma Design Craig Raeside which iconic design piece would be at the top of his birthday wish list, he said, 'It would have to be another classic Danish product: the Masculo chair by GamFratesi for Gubi in 2011. This is sure to be a future design classic – Italian quirky design meets Danish minimalism; it is comfortable yet beautiful.' We'll only know in about 80 years from now whether the design world will refer to the Masculo chair as an iconic design piece, but we predict that it will.


GamFratesi studio was founded in 2006 in Copenhagen by Danish architect Stine Gam and Italian architect Enrico Fratesi. Bringing the design styles of two different countries together, the chair represents the playful, artistic and sculptural approach of Italian design, while the Danish aesthetic is seen in its craftsmanship, detail and refined form.


Gubi first noticed the creative duo at a small design show in Denmark back in 2006 and began to show interest in their work. After numerous design awards, GamFratesi designed the Masculo lounge chair in 2008 and the Masculo dining chair in 2011, both for Gubi. The somewhat oversized backrests appear to be floating – a look that pays homage to Marcel Breuer's theory (at the modernist Bauhaus school in the 1920s) that eventually chairs would be replaced by supportive columns of air.


Thanks to Craig Raeside's fondness for the Masculo chair, you can find them at Créma Design in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Models available are the dining chair or the lounge chair with either a four-legged base or a sledge base; from R17 896 each.