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Design Crush – The Beetle Chair

January 25, 2017

Hello, readers old and new. As it’s a Wednesday that I am posting this, and for some of us the weekend can’t come fast enough, I thought I would treat us all to some lovely furniture eye candy. If you adore and appreciate great design, then you’re going to love today’s Design Crush – The Beetle Chair. Ready for some Beetle mania?

The Beetle Chair, By GamFratesi For Gubi. 

Design Crush - The Beetle Chair

Beetle Chair – Image:

You may have come across this elegant Beetle Chair when flicking through interior magazines such as Elle Decoration. And if you’re on Instagram this wonderful chair design is often seen poised beautifully in stylish home and work places.  Don’t worry if you haven’t because today I have lots of Beetle eye candy for you.

The Designers

GamFratesi are known for their Scandinavian influences and minimalist approach to their designs. Image : Gubi

Designed in 2013, the Beetle Chair is the creation of Enrico Fratesi and Stone Gam (GamFratesi). Originally it was designed with a different base, and it’s prototype shown at a Danish exhibition called Mindcraft in 2012, where GamFratesi were approached by Gubi. The rest, as they say, is history and the Beetle Chair that we love today was born.


Beetle Chair Design


Design Crush - The Beetle Chair

The Beetle Chair Design Concept – Image: Anotherdesign

This young design duo re-interpreted the characteristics of its namesake, from the Beetle’s shape and shell.  It’s rigid exterior, and soft interior is inspired by the structure of the insect its concept derives from. Its minimalist form ensures that its design and functionality shine though. For me, it’s simplicity at it’s best.
Design Crush - The Beetle Chair

The Conran Shop offers a choice of green, navy or terracotta velvet upholstery with either black powder-coated steel or polished brass legs. Good to Know: Dimensions:  56cm (w) x 86cm (h) x 58cm (d) Seat Height: 44.5cm

With a number of different upholstery choices available, this beautiful aesthetic chair fits in with most decor.  The Green Velvet beauty version above is from The Conran Shop and is perfect for this year’s Green and continuing Velvet trends.


Design Crush - The Beetle Chair

Beetle Lounge Chair – Image: Imgrum

The chair is a combination of classic and contemporary lines combined with quality and craftsmanship which are the fundamental characteristics of the Gubi. An internationally acclaimed company, Gubi established itself in 1967 in Denmark. They produce iconic furniture and lighting that lends itself to an experimental design philosophy with new materials and forms. They are renowned for their eclectic collections from the past and new innovative designs which have timeless qualities to them. You might want to have a swoon and check out their website here or their Instagram account for more design eye candy.


Design Crush - The Beetle Chair

Beetle Chair – Image:

Dynamic and comfortable, the design of The Beetle Chair makes it suitable for multiple environments whether it is in the home, workplace or social places, such as this gorgeous restaurant above.


Design Crush - The Beetle Chair

The Beetle Chair – Image: Nest

Upholstered in Kvadrat Remix fabric (90% new wool, 10% nylon) Grey,  with black leather piping and black conical metal base.) available from Nest.


The Beetle Collection

The Beetle Chair’s popularity has grown into a collection of Beetle seating heaven…….

Beetle – Bar Stool

Design Crush - The Beetle Chair

Beetle Stool – Image: Imgram

Good To Know: Fully upholstered stool available in a wide range of fabrics or leathers. The steel base comes in a non-stackable base with conical legs available in black painted steel, chrome and brass plated steel. Beetle stool is available in bar and counter height. H:75/118 x W:56 x D:58 H:65/108 x W:53,5 x D:58

Beetle – Task Chair

Design Crush - The Beetle Chair

Image: Mintroom

Good To Know: Available in a wide range of fabrics or leathers. The steel base comes in a non-stackable base with castors available in black painted steel. Dimensions: H:46/86 x W:56 x D:58,5

Beetle Lounge Chair

Good To Know: Dimensions: W 72 cm / H 82 cm / D 63 cm


Footstool to Match The Beetle Lounge Chair

Design Crush - The Beetle Chair

Good To Know: Dimensions: 24.0″w 17.7″d 15.7″h


Beetle Swivel Base Chair

Design Crush - The Beetle Chair

Image: Twitter

Good To Know: Dimensions: W: 19.5″ D: 22.83″ H: 33.86″  Seat H: 18.11″ D: 15.95″


Beetle – Sofa

Design Crush - The Beetle Chair

The Beetle Sofa – Image: scandinavia-design

Good To Know: Available with piping in black leather, cognac leather or same as shell. Black, brass or black chrome base. Plastic glides included. Dimensions: W: 55.12″ D: 20.87″ H: 31.1″ Seat H: 14.17″ Materials: Steel base, laminated moulded veneer shell, upholstered in fabric or leather.


Design Crush - The Beetle Chair

Image: Beetle Lounge Chair Roaminteriors


Which Beetle do you love the most? Personally, I love them all.


I hope that today’s Design Crush has helped with any mid-week/January blues and that Friday comes quickly. It would be lovely to hear from you with any Design Crushes you may have. I know I have quite a few, and they continue to grow.


Thanks for stopping by and, as always, I am truly grateful for your time, any likes, comments or shares. Oh, and don’t forget you can sign up, so you don’t miss any posts at the top of this page!

Until next time…..

Maria x










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  • Reply Liz Rose January 25, 2017 at 10:20 am

    Everything a chair should be, elegant and beautiful!

    • Reply Maria January 25, 2017 at 4:40 pm

      I absolutely agree Liz. It’s such a beautiful design ?

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