Copenhagen changing into "second greatest vacation spot for design" says Enrico Fratesi

Design studio GamFratesi spoke to Dezeen about how competition 3 Days of Design is rising because it launched a decade in the past, because it unveiled a speaker for Bang & Olufsen.

GamFratesi revealed its design for the moveable Bang & Olufsen Beosound A5 speaker on the Conversations in Sound exhibition at annual design competition 3 Days of Design in Copenhagen, Denmark.

It marks the primary time that the studio, which is led by Danish designer Stine Gam and Italian designer Enrico Fratesi, created a technological design, they usually needed to convey the studio’s signature materiality to the undertaking.

The Beosound A5 speaker has an oak cowl

“It was necessary to take the method that simply because it is tech, it does not need to be that a lot tech,” Gam instructed Dezeen.

“It is nonetheless one thing that performs in your house and you may simply make it heat and pleasant, although it is an unimaginable stage of tech inside it,” she added.

“We needed to create one thing that you simply actually wish to have in your house that expresses some sort of nature.”

Raffia speaker by GamFratesi
It additionally comes clad in paper raffia

Designed to be enticing even when it is not in use, the speaker is available in two totally different variations – one clad in paper raffia, the opposite in oak lamellas.

The oak cowl was knowledgeable by Scandinavian architects resembling Finn Juhl and Arne Jacobsen and using lamellas of their designs.

Bang & Olufsen venue at 3 Days of Design
The audio system had been showcased in a room coated in paper raffia

The raffia cowl, in the meantime, attracts on the straw Borsalino hats worn in Capri, Italy, amongst different influences – a reference that GamFratesi considered the speaker is water and dustproof and so might be taken to the seashore.

Designed to be modular, the covers for the Beosound A5 audio system may also be swapped round and GamFratesi mentioned it’s in discussions about creating much more variations sooner or later.

Table by GamFratesi at 3 Days of Design
A desk confirmed the totally different prototypes for the design

At 3 Days of Design, the audio system had been on present at an artwork gallery in central Copenhagen, surrounded by partitions enveloped in paper raffia. Stable oak tables designed by GamFratesi supplied seating, and guests may play vinyl data through the audio system.

Working with paper raffia was difficult for expertise merchandise, based on the designers.

“Now that we see this paper on the wall, imagining that happening a speaker appears quite simple,” Gam mentioned. “However there are loads of challenges as a result of the sound has to get by means of.”

“Whenever you work with pure supplies, in the long run, it appears to be like so pleasant and so easy however it’s really alive – and it must be a particularly secure product,” she added.

“It was a problem, so I am so glad that we really managed to take it to the ultimate stage.”

Conversations in Sound at 3 Days of Design
Conversations in Sound passed off throughout 3 Days of Design

Conversations in Sound is one in all many exhibitions on present as a part of 3 Days of Design, which GamFratesi has been concerned with because it started in 2014.

The studio created the posters for the occasion for its first three editions and says that since then, the occasion has change into an necessary a part of the worldwide design calendar.

Conversations in Sound exhibition
GamFratesi made strong oak tables for the exhibition

“We began this journey and after 10 years, it is changing into in all probability, after Milan, the second greatest vacation spot for design,” Fratesi instructed Dezeen.

“We’ve got purchasers and press coming from the US, coming from the Far East; all people that we met in Milan is mainly travelling once more to be in Copenhagen,” he added.

“It is not solely the Danish manufacturers, I can even see many Italian manufacturers are collaborating. So it signifies that it is a very optimistic honest for a lot of, many individuals.”

Details from Conversations in Sound
Guests may play music from a vinyl participant by means of the audio system

In response to Fratesi, the recognition of the honest is tied to an growing curiosity in Scandinavian design.

“Scandinavian design and Scandinavian tradition have been actually booming within the newest years by way of aesthetic, philosophy and in addition by way of design,” he mentioned.

“Even a few of the manufacturers that aren’t Scandinavian have been very impressed by the Scandinavian aesthetic,” Fratesi added.

“I feel it was a system that works as a result of it brings loads of simplicity, it is sincere, it brings materials into the undertaking and it is a essential matter these days.”

3 Days of Design is showcasing a variety of designers and types throughout Copenhagen. Amongst different tasks within the metropolis are an exhibition that appears at wooden’s significance as a commodity and a just lately reproduced lamp by Le Corbusier knowledgeable by his Cabanon cabin.

The pictures is courtesy of Bang & Olufsen.

3 Days of Design takes place from 7 June to 9 June 2023. Observe the dwell protection on Dezeen dwell: 3 Days of Design in Copenhagen. See Dezeen Occasions Information for details about the occasion, plus a listing of different structure and design occasions happening all over the world.