Gubi • STEMLITE
Metal structure with frosted glass diffuser. Designed by Bill Curry in 1962. Gubi Edition. LED E27 5-6W bulb (dimmable), not included.
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Diam.32 x H.42cm
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A collection that captures the mood of the space age.
Designed in 1962, the Stemlite was the first ‘total look’ lamp, a pioneering new typology that replaced the traditional base-plus-shade form with a single self-contained unit comprising interchangeable modules. influenced by designer Bill Curry’s background in aerospace, its bold new form captured the mood of optimism that characterized America in the era of the space race in the 1960s and ’70s.
The Stemlite’s debut design was named “most influential lamp of the year” by Industrial Design Magazine in 1965 and was featured on the set of the original Star Trek TV series.
American designer Bill Curry (1927-1971) captured the zeitgeist of the 1960s and ‘70s with his iconic lamp designs. From his unique Los Angeles vantage point at the meeting point of art, design and engineering, during an era defined by the space race, pop culture and a new forward-looking optimism, he translated the wonder and delight he saw around him into simple yet intelligent ideas with clear visual narratives.
After serving in the US Navy, Curry studied at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, before starting his career as an ad man, graphic designer and art director in the aerospace industry. His multi-disciplinary background and exposure to pioneering developments in electronics and systems engineering in the aerospace industry gave Curry the experience and confidence to venture into industrial design and launch his own home furnishings company, Design Line Inc, in 1962.
By 1969, with more than 50 national design awards, including the New York Art Directors Club’s Award of Distinctive Merit, to his name, Curry was described by the Los Angeles Times as “one of California’s leading designers” just before his untimely death two years later. His legacy lives on today as one of the true pioneers of American space-age design.
Gubi is a Copenhagen based design house renowned for designing, developing, and marketing a daring and elegant collection of furniture, lighting and interior objects that resonates across the globe. Its signature pieces evoke emotion and tell meaningful stories that make them both timeless and enduring. Gubi brings forgotten icons of the past together with tomorrow’s classics. The result is a visionary collection that spans almost 100 years of history and is sold all over the world.
Founded by his parents in 1967 – the year that the current owner and creative director, Jacob Gubi, was born – Gubi originally focused on producing the family’s own furniture designs and trading textiles within the retail sector. Over the years, Jacob Gubi’s creative vision and courageous intuition has led Gubi to its current position in the global design scene with a handpicked edit of high-quality furniture from all over the world and collaborations with both esteemed designers and archives and contemporary emerging talents.