My favourite pendant: Semi by Gubi

GUBI is an innovative design company making high-end furniture and lighting. So says their website and who am I to argue.

I actually only think of them for one thing, the Semi pendant light by Claus Bonderup and Torsten Thorup.

I have one of these lamps hanging above my kitchen table that I found by stroke of luck on eBay a few years back. A little beaten around the edges, I contemplated trying to restore it to the glossy beauty that it once was, but then decided that the wear and tear it has endured is part of the story of its life, so have left it chipped and dented.


Founded in 1967, GUBI is one of the leading design manufacturers in Denmark. GUBI constantly seeks out new, contemporary and inventive design, which means that both classic design icons and exciting new innovations can be found in its characteristic product range.



The SEMI pendant soon became a design classic after its two designers Claus Bonderup and Torsten Thorup won the industrial design competition in 1967 at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture in Copenhagen.

It was during their studies that the two architect students developed the SEMI pendant, which is famous for its curved enamelled metal that forms after one fourth of a circle. The shape of the lamp and the crown silver light bulb give the light a unique spread in the room.

The SEMI pendant is today a design classic, which hangs beautifully in both private homes and public spaces.



Having worked in design for the past decade, Daniel started as a discussion of timeless, modernist product design. Trained as a graphic designer, he also has an avid interest in typography. You can follow him on Twitter @ateliertally.


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