The Matégot, The Grossman & The Pedrera Collections by Gubi
In September 2011, high-end furniture and lighting manufacturer Gubi re-released three iconic furniture and lighting collections from its portfolio: The Mat©got, The Grossman & The Pedrera Collections – all classic designs from the mid-century modern era. This month, the designs will be available in Australia for the first time through design brand Cult.
The Mat©got Collection by Mathieu Mat©got (1910 – 2001) features his elegant Nagaski chair (shown above), which is perhaps one of Mat©got’s best known pieces and is included in the permanent exhibition at the Vitra Design Museum. Mat©got was the first person to combine metal tubing with perforated sheet metal and it consequently became his signature look. Timeless and classic, his designs fit just as comfortably into the office environment today as they did in the 1950s.
During Greta Grossman’s (1906 – 1999) forty year career across Europe and North America, she played a significant role in defining the aesthetic of mid-century Californian Modernism. Her collection for GUBI includes the iconic GrÃ¤shoppa lamp (shown above) that was first produced in 1947. The tubular steel tripod stand is tilted backward and the elongated aluminum conical shade is ball-jointed onto the arm so the light can be directional, yet the glare is minimal.
Barba Corsini (1916 – 2008) designed the original Pedrera series of lamps in 1955 for the renovation of the loft space of Antoni Gaudi’s iconic La Pedrera building in Barcelona. Over thirty years later, during the renovation of La Pedrera in 1991, Joaquim Ruiz Millet (1955- ) rediscovered the Pedrera floor lamp (PD2) and rescued it from being thrown in the trash. He contacted Barba Corsini and together they relaunched the original designs from 1955. Some of the lamps in the collection were designed by Corsini and others in association with Ruiz Millet, such as the ABC Table Lamp, which was designed by Ruiz Millet as a tribute to Corsini.
About the manufacturer: Established more than forty years ago in 1967, Danish brand Gubi’s core philosophy is to develop beautiful quality, innovative, functional designs – long lasting, beautifully crafted, timeless pieces with global market appeal.
Gubi’s rich and varied product portfolio ranges from the Bauhaus-inspired, 13-piece Bestlite Collection, designed in the 1930’s by British designer, Robert Dudley Best, to iconic 1950’s designs from Greta Grossman, Barba Corsini, Jacques Adnet and Mathieu Mat©got. From the 60’s there are pieces by Bonderup and Thorup and Jens Quistgaard and, from the 80’s, Gubi Olsen’s distinctive, eponymous Gubi Collection.
Whether they are entirely new designs or 20th Century reissues, all Gubi pieces are developed in close cooperation with the designer or the official copyright holder, with the ultimate aim of producing authentic, innovative, timeless, functional designs of the highest quality.