In designing the Violin Chair, GamFratesi set out to distil the archetypal form of a chair into its purest representation, without losing the sense of character for which they have become renowned.
The name references the two parallel lines that extend from the backrest to a horizontal bar below the seat, evoking two parallel strings on a violin. 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.
Details such as the gentle curves at either side of the elegant parallel bars imbue the chair with a distinctive sense of character. The craftsmanship involved in creating this branching form, without welding for mechanical fixtures, gives the Violin Chair its decorative signature as well as providing functional support for the backrest.
The Violin Chair’s minimalist profile, especially seen from the side where the lines cross, is an updated take on modernist geometry. Available as a fully upholstered version, and as a version with an upholstered seat and an oiled oak or walnut backrest, the Violin Chair can be dialed up or down with different upholstery options.
The elegantly tapered legs of the powder-coated steel frame support a generous rounded seat and an embracing backrest that extends to partially support the forearm, elbow, or hands as an occasional armrest. This dual functionality makes the Violin Chair the perfect hybrid of dining chair and armchair. It allows you to easily twist around to speak to the person sitting next to you at dinner, while still remaining comfortable long after dessert and coffee are served.