Doric
coffee tables

design GamFratesi, 2022

GamFratesi's Doric coffee tables take their name from the Doric order of ancient Greek - and later Roman - architecture. Doric architecture is the oldest and least ornamental of the three classical orders and is characterized by restraint, symmetry and simplicity, with decorative elements generally limited to the vertical fluting so closely associated with the Doric column. 

A response to the architectural traditions of the classical era, GamFratesi's Doric tables continue an exploration the duo began with the Epic Table collection and extend the studio's material investigation into the aesthetic and functional possibilities of limestone. The result is two very different expressions, and two distinct responses to the same inspiration: the Classic column. The tables are made of travertine or limestone - building materials used since Roman times. Although different in color, the two varieties of natural stone have a raw materiality that adds rich texture and depth to tables, and a natural veining that brings inherent visual interest to the expression of each table.

Stine Gam & Enrico Fratesi, together GamFratesi, explain: « By reinterpreting a feature of classical architecture, Doric tables bring the weight of history into a contemporary environment. The particular shape of the base manages to be rigid and formal but at the same time decorative and soft. In the fluted detail, a solid stone element becomes ornamental, while maintaining the overall geometry of the design. »

The table is available in two types of natural stone, each with its own distinctive color. The travertine version is a beautifully nuanced neutral white; while Limestone is a vivid electric grey, which has a more dramatic pattern. Each piece produced in these stones is unique, inscribing the ancient history of the Earth into its surface.

These color options ensure that the design can fit comfortably into any decor style, maintaining its own distinctive character without unbalancing the space. Doric tables are available in two sizes: a square version, ideal for cozy corners, and a larger oblong variant, which goes well with longer seats and sofas.

Materials travertine (neutral white) or limestone (electric grey)

Finishes resin, honed oil and water-repellent surface finish

Dimensions square version 80 x 80 x H30 cm – tabletop thickness: 2 cm

Dimensions oblong version 80 x 140 x H30 cm – tabletop thickness: 2 cm

neutral white

80 x 80 cm
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electric grey

80 x 80 cm
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neutral white

140 x 80 cm
SOON €

electric grey

140 x 80 cm
SOON €

GamFratesi

Stine Gam was born in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1975. She is educated architect with a master in furniture design. Enrico Fratesi was born in Pesaro, Italy in 1978. He has studied architecture and graduated with a master in industrial design. Gam and Fratesi gained experience as architects in several architecture studio in Japan and Scandinavia before establishing their own design studio in 2006.

The studio is based in Copenhagen, though Gam and Fratesi are continuously traveling between Italy and Denmark for development and research of new projects. GamFratesi’s design takes its creative drive from a fusion of tradition and renewal and in an experimental approach to their chosen materials and techniques. With their dual traditional background, Stine Gam and Enrico Fratesi draw on the classic Danish furniture and craft tradition as well as the classic Italian intellectual and conceptual approach. Understanding a tradition and addressing it actively in the workshop makes it possible to expand on it. From this cross-cultural substrate they create furniture that respectfully reflects tradition while also featuring unique embedded stories, symbols and associations, often expressed in a minimalist idiom.

GamFratesi aim to create furniture that illustrates the process and the techniques that created it, and which reflect a persistent exploration of the diverse border zone between harmony and disharmony. GamFratesi have received significant awards including Elle Decoration International design award (EDIDA) as International Young Designer of the Year 2013, Guest of Honor Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair 2014, selection Compasso D’oro / ADI , Nomination Best Designer Icon design award 2014, Vico Magistretti Award by De Padova, the Chicago Atheneum Museum of Architecture’s Good Design Award, Best Danish Designer 2012 by Bolig magasinet, ‘Walk the Plank award 2009’ and Best Danish Designer 2009 by RUM.

Their work have been shown in numerous exhibitions, Triennale di Milano, solo exhibitions at the Museum of Art and Design Copenhagen, Art Museum Trapholt Kolding, Palazzo Litta, Shanghai as well as collective exhibitions Mindcraft in Milano, Royal Danish Embassy in Tokyo, and Design Miami/Basel.