The Iconic Beetle Chairs Get A Modern Update

The Beetle Chair, designed byGamFratesifor Gubi, may only have been in production since 2013, but it has already made it to iconic status.

A favourite with interior designers, architects and design lovers the world over, the ever-popular sculptural style- inspired by the anatomy and aesthetic of the eponymous insect - has seen many different interpretations.Originally in a limited palette ofchicpastels, lush blues, and rich greens,the prolific Beetle hasbloomed into a series of spin-off designs –from vibrant, patterned designs to a more affordable plastic model.

Now, the Beetle Chair has been given a new look, with over 60 new contemporary colours, exclusive to The Conran Shop.

Available in greys, navy blues, dark pinks, light and dark greens, the new collectionfeatures the Beetle Chair (both dining and lounge options), as well as the Beetle Bar Chair and Sofa, each upholstered in luxurious Jabana fabric.

Stain-resistant and more durable than velvet, the introduction of Jabana suede-effect fabric makes this new range more resilient to spills, wear and tear, and has a gorgeous suede-like texture, making it super comfy, too. And, aside from over 60 different colours, you can also pick from brass, chrome andblack powder-coated steel for the legs.

Designers Enrico Fratesi and Stine Gam modelled the chair in a similar vein of its insect namesake, giving it slender legs and a bold, curved body.Its plush, bulbousmould cups the body’s contours like a plump shell that's stilted on fine, stick-like legs. Theseat and back are made of a laminated, moulded veneer that’s upholstered and piped in sumptuous velvet, with conical steel legs that are coated in contrasting brass or black.

We'll have one in every colour please...



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