January 20, 2017
Gubi, Let Me Count The Ways
Even if the name isn’t instantly recognisable to you, you’re bound to have seen a Gubi design somewhere. Flick through many an interiors magazine or get stuck for hours scrolling through Pinterest looking at beautiful homes and you’ll spot their lamps and furniture.
To me, a Gubi design is pretty much perfect and when we built our kitchen their pendant lamp was the only choice to hang above the dining table (spot the picture of said kitchen at the bottom). Whether you’re a long-time Gubi fan or are just discovering them, it never hurts to stop and have a good long gander at the most inspiring images of their work. Having only previously seen small selections of their pieces at The Conran Shop, last year on a trip to Copenhagen I made a bee line to their store, needless to say I had to be dragged from the building by friends (I had already spent an hour combing through it all!).
The Gubi story goes that in 1967 Gubi and Lisbeth Olsen opened a store in Denmark to show Gubi’s furniture and lighting designs. Over time their sons joined and in 2001 Jacob Gubi began steering the Gubi name towards international interior greatness. The brand works with artists to design pieces like the Gubi chair that’s now part of the permanent exhibition in the MoMa. It also finds lost design treasures – mostly mid-century – and reissues them. Take the Bestlite lamp, first produced in 1930 by British designer Robert Dudley Best. Gubi spotted in the ‘80s and resurrected it.
But what I love most about Gubi is that you can style it with anything. It looks great in a modern setting but it’s also wonderful for adding a sharpness to a more antique interior. The picture of the lilac sofa in the Parisian apartment will forever be one of my favourites.
My kitchen in London
Three of my favourite Gubi pieces
P.S If you really love the look but your budget doesn’t stretch to designer interiors it is January after all have a little look at this Knox Grey Floor Lamp you can order now for delivery early February.