Soffi. The purity of light and glass blown by Venice's master craftsmen. The minimalistic design of GamFratesi captures the exact moment when the blowing technique gives the glass its shape. Delicate and irregular globes seem to float out of a slender leather arm suspended in the air by the force of gravity. The project is inspired by an ancient art translated into a simple yet contemporary language.
The Soffi lamps are composed of two elements in blown glass.
The outer globe, ephemeral and almost weightless, is in faded tones of milk-white or smoky grey. The globe holding the light, in blown glass in an opaque white etched finish, is solider visually. When lit, the lamp blossoms with an even and diffused light, which enhances the faded tones of the outer glass and its gradual transparency. The magical and harmonious effect can be used to light various different settings, made even more evocative by the unique nature of each Soffi lamp, with subtle differences in tone and irregular shapes created by blowing different colours of glass.
The lamps are available in three sizes, small, medium and large, which can be arranged in a range of configurations. As well as an individual lamp, the design can also be arranged in linear compositions of three globes or hanging arrangements with three or five globes.
Stine Gam, Danish architect with a master in furniture design. Enrico Fratesi Italian architect graduated with a master in industrial design. Gam and Fratesi gained experience as architects in architecture studio in Japan and Scandinavia before establishing their own design studio. The studio is based in Copenhagen. 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 have received significant awards including Finn Juhl Prize 2015, Elle Decoration International design award (EDIDA) as International Young Designer of the Year 2013, Wallpaper* Design Award as Best interior 2017, Best Designer 2015 by BoBedre, Best Designer 2009 by RUM, Invited as Guest of Honor at the Stockholm Furniture Fair 2014. With their products GamFratesi received final selection CompassoD’Oro, IF Award, German Design Awards and Good Design Awards.