You, who like modernism of the 1950s and 1960s, have an extraordinary chance to arrange your favourite room with newly reintroduced unique pieces from this period. We made it with some extraordinary pieces and created our own graphic layout interior.
This chance was given us by Danish furniture label Gubi, which has presented new re-edition line of the modernist furniture and lightning at the Stockholm furniture fair. Gubi has not presented familiar names in the postwar design, but several designs from more unknown authors who worked around the world. Mathieu Mategot (1910 - 2001), Greta Magnusson Grossman (1906 - 1999), Jens Quistgaard (1919 – 2008) or Barba Corsini (1916 - 2008) represent wide range of the postwar interior style in France, USA, Denmark and Spain. All of them include to the international modernist movement, but every of them worked with the specific creative approach to this style.
Now only short introduction about the designers:
Mategot is one of the French modernist decorators, who created his pieces in the limited production only, mostly for private commissions. His mastery of the perforated sheet metal production is highly collectible now. Gubi reproduced five of his designs from the 1950s: Nagasaki chair and stool, Coatrack, Kangourou coffee table and Dedal bookcase. Thanks to the contemporary industrial production of the Gubi, Mategot`s rare work is available to the wider audience now.
Greta Magnusson Grossman emigrated from Sweden to California, where she became during the 1950s one of the most important proponents of the modernist decorative aesthetic. Her furniture and lightning designs for Glenn of California or Ralph O. Smith represent more unique and decorative attitude of the Californian design of the period. Under the label Gubi are her three lightning designs now. Grasshopper floor lamp and Cobra floor and table lamp are the finest examples of the 1950s American lightning design.
In the 1950s Denmark worked a lot of important designers. One of them is Jens Quistgaard, who worked especially with wood. He is known for his wood kitchen accessories, as well as furniture. Gubi re-launched his Stokke chair, which characterizes nice composition of the wood, leather and metal joinery.
Barba Corsini was a Spanish architect, who worked on the interiors of the famous Gaudi`s La Pedrera apartment building in Barcelona in the 1950s. His 13 organic duplex flats, which he made from the laundry and storage rooms in the La Pedrera were furnished by his own decorative designs including Pedrera lamps. The floor, hanging and table variants of this lamp are available at Gubi now.
We are very happy from this Gubi collection. So we have created our own interior including some of the pieces and Semi light by Torsten Thorup (1944) and Claus Bonderup (1943) also. This minimalist hanging lamp designed in 1968 is part of the Gubi collection too.