With its low-slung wooden frame and nautically evocative rope seat and backrest, Mathias Steen Rasmussen’s evocative MR01 Initial Lounge Chair seems a natural to be taken outside. Structured in FSC-certified iroko wood—like the indoor edition, without the use of screws—it sports custom-made high-performance polyester rope seating that’s waterproof, UV-resistant and woven with an anti-deformation core that prevents any stretching over time.
- 27.2" h x 25.6" w x 34.6" d (69x65x88cm)
- Seat height: 13" (33cm)
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.”