MEMOIR is a product family designed by GamFratesi based on a modern take and interpretation of the classic chandelier. At the heart of the design is the gently shaped opal glass shade that evokes a historical typology and romantic spirit. The linear metal structures compose a graphic outline that allows it to be connected in numerous compositions. The simplistic ingenuity of the MEMOIR lighting system bridges decorative details of the past and a sculptural silhouette intended for modern spaces.
The MEMOIR series originates from the idea of creating a concept with an essential element that could be extended to various compositions while maintaining a clear design identity. GamFratesi explains, "We have always been fascinated by chandeliers – and we wanted to work with a modular concept that maintained a decorative sense without losing its simplicity and great functionality."
The PEANUT lamp is a mid-century classic, full of character, designed by Bent Karlby in 1946. The attractive, curvy-shaped shade is crafted from mouth-blown opalized glass, complemented by a brass top and bottom. PEANUT provides a soft and comfortable lighting experience, wherever you choose to hang it.
SUNDOWNER is an iconic pendant designed by Jørn Utzon in 1948 characterised by its four-shade construction and how the light elegantly illuminates the shape. The soft curves and opposite-facing shades are designed prior to Utzon’s architectural masterpiece, the Sydney Opera House. With its dynamic design, the SUNDOWNER pendant expresses a clear linkage to the unique shell structures that have adorned the Sydney Harbour for more than half a century.
NINOTCHKA is a genuine and easily recognizable design icon, designed by Bent Karlby in 1954. When giving shape to this lamp, Bent Karlby had taken note of an eye-catching hat, worn by the Swedish Hollywood star Greta Garbo in her 1939 film, Ninotchka. The organic body with its asymmetric drapes ensures functional direct downlight and diffused ambient uplight.
GOVERNOR is a classic mid-century lamp from 1956 that proved to carry an enduring appeal with design lovers around the world. Bent Karlby’s GOVERNOR lamp radiates a certain international flair. It’s a confident and premium piece of lighting design that still has the power to impress.
Bent Karlby is known for his soft light, organic shapes and hallmark peepholes. During his career, Karlby moved more towards pure geometric shapes such as the cone, cylinder and arc along with playful colours as seen with the MOSAIK series.
Simon P. Henningsen
DIVAN 2 is a truly captivating pendant designed by Simon P. Henningsen in 1962. The carefully positioned trapezoids - mirror on the outside and multicoloured on the inside - enact a fascinating display of indirect light. The downlight is soft and comfortable. A sculptural piece of art, still hand-assembled to perfection. You can see the updated version in solid brass by following the link: DIVAN 2 Brass
The CORNEA wall lamp is one of Henning Koppel's rare lighting designs. The wall lamp is dated back to 1965 and displays an emerging change of style in Koppel's designs - from purely organic to a more geometric and clean expression.
VERONA is a sophisticated 8-shade pendant that provides soft, glare-free lighting with timeless grace and simplicity. When lit, the spherical pendant beautifully self-illuminates, making for a striking display in itself. VERONA was designed by Sven Middelboe in 1968.
The PAN series is a beautiful example of Bent Karlby’s unique talent for capturing the zeitgeist of an area and turning it into designs that would come to transcend their inspiration. During the 1970s, when Pop Art was trending, the early PAN lamps would have colored insides. Today, the fixtures have monochrome surfaces of anodized aluminum, transforming them into contemporary design pieces suitable for modern living.
Quite surprisingly, only limited information still exists about the series, making GOTHIC an intriguing bit of Danish design mystery. The GOTHIC name was a reference by Bent Karlby to the gothic architectural style that flourished throughout Europe from the 12th to the 16th century, which was characterized by tall narrow structures with pointed arches.
True to its 1970s space-age heritage, the first ERGO lamps came in popping colors and were made entirely from plastic. While retaining its characteristic design language, ERGO has grown into a premium piece of lighting design. The plastic materials have now given way for a 3-layered opalized glass core and a colored glass shade
With its geometric interplay between the organic shapes and the straight line passing through the shade, the REPOSE series is designed to bring serenity of mind. The simplicity and functionality of traditional Japanese hair pins provided a spark of inspiration for the design. Focusing on the balance point that creates a serene and suspended feeling of balance while giving great importance to the smallest detail of the lamp. With its calm and contemporary expression, REPOSE is intended to ease your mind and illuminate living spaces.
The MEMOIR originates from the idea of creating a concept with an essential element that could be extended to various compositions while maintaining a clear design identity. GamFratesi explains, "We have always been fascinated by chandeliers – and we wanted to work with a modular concept that maintained a decorative sense without losing its simplicity and great functionality."