The Unbound Collection - Gubi
Design studio Space Copenhagen is known for playing with intriguing juxtapositions in its designs, and this collection's meditation on the archetypal lantern form is no exception. The pared-back take on a traditional Japanese paper lantern balances the ethereal and the functional, while challenging the conventions of the typology in its playful asymmetry.
Unbound Table Lamps
A distinctive sculptural character
The Unbound Collection fulfils Space Copenhagen’s ambition to create a practical but poetic lantern with a distinctive sculptural character that does not impose on the space around it. Instead, the lamps define and celebrate the scale of the room, populating dark corners and gathering the boundaries together.
Unbound Floor Lamp
“GUBI's collection moves between the crafted element and the elevated sublime. It represents a superior sophistication with well-defined international flavor. With Unbound, we wanted to create something to reflect that complexity.”
The teardrop-shaped gray marble base of the lantern-inspired series acts as an anchor, embodying stillness and weight. A rotating white linen or natural canvas shade with the same shape appears weightless, vibrant and flighty in contrast – aligning perfectly over the base only once in every 360º rotation and embodying asymmetry for the other 359º.
An animated sculpture
Available in three sizes, Unbound can be positioned in unison or at angles to one another, creating an animated sculpture even when switched off. Changing angles and positions of the lamps in relation to one another therefore subtly alters the impact of the ensemble and the mood of the space from something that evokes falling leaves to clouds drifting across the sky – actions we humans are naturally drawn towards.
The largest lamp makes a bold statement, with the scale to relate to the room as a whole and become a focal point that defines the space. The medium-sized light mediates between the two,
The smallest of the three brings light to spaces as small as a console or bedside table, making it a functional and flexible piece.
The kinship between Space Copenhagen and GUBI is defined by a shared philosophy that combines a signature of elegant simplicity with a cosmopolitan international outlook. Prioritizing functionality and personality in design while focusing on a few effective details has resulted in a self-assured design universe that emphasizes a sense of spaciousness and identity paired with a nuanced understanding of materials and craftsmanship.