A LIGHTING MASTERPIECE ADORNED WITH A DREAMLIKE VISION
In this special edition of the 9602 Floor Lamp, GUBI brings together two masters of 20th-century design – the Finnish lighting maestro Paavo Tynell, and the renowned Parisian textile house Maison Pierre Frey. The result is a fresh and fantastical version of one of Tynell’s most celebrated pieces, reverently reinvented with a vivid and evocative lampshade pattern.
PLAY OF LIGHT
The pleating of the fabric, coupled with the kaleidoscope of colors on the shade, creates a beautifully variegated play of light that brings softness, warmth, and poetry into any space – an atmosphere reminiscent of lying under a tree on a summer’s day.
LE JARDIN DU PALAIS
The pattern, named ‘Le Jardin Du Palais’, is a dreamlike depiction of a fantasy garden, full of extraordinary flora and fauna. Originally designed for a table service developed jointly with the ceramics manufacturer Faïencerie de Gien, the rich and romantic design represents an idealized, almost surreal rendition of a Persian landscape in the Safavid Dynasty of the 16th-century. In this garden paradise, an eclectic menagerie of gazelles, tigers, squirrels, flamingos, and herons inhabit a boldly colorful idyll.
9602 FLOOR LAMP
First created for Helsinki’s Hotel Aulanko in 1935, and reintroduced by GUBI in 2018, the 9602 Floor Lamp comprises a rattan-wrapped stem with a polished brass base and conical crown that ties the design together. Its slender elegance is tempered with playfulness in the exuberant dimensions of the shade. The Pierre Frey special edition joins GUBI’s existing variants of the 9602 Floor Lamp in plain canvas, wicker, and bamboo.
A CELEBRATION OF PAAVO TYNELL’S LEGACY
The fabric on the Pierre Frey Special Edition shade is pleated by hand in much the same way that Paavo Tynell (1890-1973) employed when creating textile shades for earlier designs. Known as the great pioneer of Finnish lighting design and fondly dubbed as “the man who illuminated Finland”, he was one of the founders and chief designers of Taito Oy – the first industrial producer of lighting fixtures in Finland. With the innovation of electricity in the beginning of the 20th century, Taito Oy and Tynell expanded the thinking and manufacturing of modern lighting solutions in Europe and abroad.
“Paavo Tynell is an iconic designer. When he created the 9602 Floor Lamp, its unique shape was visionary for the period, and still resonates today. In the same way, when Pierre Frey founded his company, the same impulses drove him: to push the boundaries of home design and the fabrics that composed them, to be different and creative.”
– Pierre Frey, Director of Communications, Maison Pierre Frey