Cobra Table Lamp
Originally designed in the 1950s, this table lamp is one of the most recognizable works of design icon Greta M. Grossman. Cobra takes its name from the shape of the oval shade, which is reminiscent of the serpent’s neck. A groundbreaking concept, it nabbed the Good Design Award at the time and was subsequently exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Uniquely classic, the tubular flexible arm can be bent in all directions, allowing the shade to be rotated all 360 degrees for maximum utility.
Lamp: 13.5" h x 6.75" dia (34x17cm)
Shade: 3.25" h x 11.5" dia (8x29cm)
Cord length: 67" (170cm)
Steel, cast iron
Bulb: max 40W incandescent, E12 socket
Design is an unceasing continuum, believes this Danish house, now owned by a second generation. Owner and creative director Jacob Gubi Olsen inherited the helm from his parents Gubi and Lisbeth Larson, who founded the business to showcase their postmodern furniture. Under Jacob’s watch, Gubi added a global focus to its roots in Copenhagen, with a cosmopolitan array of furniture, lighting and interior objects.
Alongside 20th Century icons such as Robert Dudley Best and Greta Magnusson-Grossman, the design house has championed a new wave of design studios including GamFratesi, Space Copenhagen and OeO Studio. “I started out with two very strong designs, Bestlite—a Bauhaus collection designed in 1930—and Gubi Chair, designed in 2003. I felt they had something in common,” says Jacobs. “Iconic appearance, functional design, high quality, aesthetic design language and adaptable for many different kinds of interiors. I took these values as a guideline for any new designs added to the collection ever since.”