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Gubi Olsen

Designer-couple Lisbeth and Gubi Olsen founded iconic Danish furniture and lighting manufacturer Gubi in Copenhagen in 1967. The brand is celebrated globally for its innovative chairs, lighting fixtures, mirrors, sofas and other furnishings and decor. 

The company began as a platform to manufacture the textiles and furniture designed by Lisbeth and Gubi. Soon, the business model broadened. While recent contemporary pieces manufactured by Gubi such as GamFratesi’s Beetle chair have become darlings of today’s interiors, the company is also widely known as a leader in reissuing exquisite Scandinavian and other mid-century modern furniture by a range of design legends. 

Swedish architect and interior designer Greta Magnusson Grossman — the first woman to receive a prize for furniture design from the Swedish Society of Industrial Design — emigrated to the United States and built 14 homes in Los Angeles in the postwar era that were inspired by the Case Study Houses. She furnished these homes with her own designs, and her impossibly sleek Grasshopper table lamps and floor lamps — created for Barker Bros. but today made by Gubi — were frequent fixtures in the interiors. Another Scandinavian architect and industrial designer, Louis Weisdorf designed the wildly popular Multi-Lite line of lighting fixtures, which were originally created during the early 1970s and reissued by Gubi in 2016.

Beyond lighting, Spanish designer Barbara Corsini created the distinctively geometric Pedrera coffee table during the mid-1950s that is now made by Gubi, while the Hungarian-born French master of postwar design, Mathieu Matégot, created the Tropique dining table and an elegant three-legged Nagasaki chair, both of which were reissued by the Danish brand. French furniture designer Pierre Paulin created the inviting, organically shaped Pacha lounge chair in 1975. This design yielded a loveseat and a sofa as well. All of these pieces were reissued by Gubi.

Since 2001, Gubi founders’ son, Jacob Olsen, has managed the company. He travels the world to uncover visionary current-day designers to partner with as well as those iconic decor and products of yesteryear that wholeheartedly deserve a second life.

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Gubi Pouffe
By Gubi Olsen, Gubi
Located in Berkeley, CA
The GUBI Pouf is a collection of unique poufs in two sizes that celebrates great functionality with comfort. It is designed by GUBI to be used as informal ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Mid-Century Modern Gubi Olsen

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Ts Pouffe, Round, Small
By Gubi Olsen, Gubi
Located in Berkeley, CA
Celebrating great functionality with comfort, the TS Pouf in three sizes makes a versatile addition to any living area. The smaller size becomes handy to move around wherever an info...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Mid-Century Modern Gubi Olsen

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Brass

Stay Ottoman
By Gubi Olsen, Gubi
Located in Berkeley, CA
Stay here, stay with me, stay relaxed, stay and read…The small Stay lounge chair, with options for a returning swivel function, has a sculptural and organic shape that, besides from ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Mid-Century Modern Gubi Olsen

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Modern Line Pouffe, Small, Brass Legs
By Gubi Olsen, Gubi
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The Modern Line pouf is an evolution of the original Modern Line sofa design from 1949 by Great M. Grossman and echoes its characteristic clean lines and feminine aesthetic. The slen...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Mid-Century Modern Gubi Olsen

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Brass

Modern Line Pouffe, Large, Black Semi Matte Legs
By Gubi Olsen, Gubi
Located in Berkeley, CA
The Modern Line Pouf is an evolution of the original Modern Line sofa design from 1949 by Great M. Grossman and echoes its characteristic clean lines and feminine aesthetic. The slen...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Mid-Century Modern Gubi Olsen

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Brass

Modern Line Pouffe, Small, Black Semi Matte Legs
By Gubi Olsen, Gubi
Located in Berkeley, CA
The modern line pouf is an evolution of the original modern line sofa design from 1949 by Great M. Grossman and echoes its characteristic clean lines and feminine aesthetic. The slen...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Mid-Century Modern Gubi Olsen

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Modern Line Pouffe, Large, Brass Legs
By Gubi Olsen, Gubi
Located in Berkeley, CA
The modern line pouf is an evolution of the original modern line sofa design from 1949 by Great M. Grossman and echoes its characteristic clean lines and feminine aesthetic. The slen...
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21st Century and Contemporary Danish Mid-Century Modern Gubi Olsen

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Brass

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Gubi Olsen furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Gubi Olsen furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of metal and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Gubi Olsen furniture, although gray editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original furniture by Gubi Olsen were created in the mid-century modern style in scandinavia during the 21st century and contemporary. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Cecilie Manz, OEO Studio, and Niels Hvass. Prices for Gubi Olsen furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $1,586 and can go as high as $3,094, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $2,145.

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