If You Want To Be Outdoors the Obello Lamp Wants To Join You

American designer Bill Curry designed the Obello Lamp in 1971, the same year he passed away. The single glass mushroom-shaped form was still nameless, with evidence of the atomic age, space race, and pop culture of 1970s Los Angeles in its design. Fifty-one years later, endorsed by Curry’s family, GUBI is producing the Obello Lamp for the first time – and it’s portable.

“Bill Curry revolutionized lighting design in the 1960s and ‘70s, but he didn’t become the global household name that he could have been. GUBI is committed to introducing his work to today’s audiences and securing his rightful place in the history of lighting design,” says Chief Marketing Officer of GUBI, Marie Kristine Schmidt.

four white mushroom-shaped table lamps on white surface in front of blue fabric background

Obello, with its frosted, mouth-blown glass shade (a challenge thanks to its shape) and dimmable LED light, can be easily moved between the indoors and outdoors. Create an outdoor room as the sun sets with the design that’s also a nod to old petroleum lanterns. The dimmer allows you to adjust the glow using two LEDs – a brighter bulb that faces upwards and a second dimmer bulb facing downward. The dual-output also provides even light distribution from all angles. Charging in 4.5 hours, it can provide up to 40 hours of illumination. And while Obello should be stored and charged indoors, it’s splash-proof and can withstand a rain shower.

Julie Silliman, Curry family member says: “It is wonderful to see the Obello Lamp finally go into production – and I know Bill would have loved this new portable version. He was such a pioneer in lighting design that it is only fitting for his designs to keep evolving to reflect contemporary uses.”

lit mushroom-shaped lamp sitting on small table

white mushroom-shaped lamp on white cafe table with two chairs overlooking a body of water

lit mushroom-shaped lamp sitting on small table next to outdoor armchair

white mushroom-shaped lamp hidden among vines

two white mushroom-shaped lamps on an outdoor dining table with eight chairs

two lit mushroom-shaped lamps on an outdoor dining table with eight chairs

white mushroom-shaped lamp on white background

lit mushroom-shaped lamp on white background

To learn more about the Obello Lamp, visit gubi.com.

Kelly Beall is senior editor at Design Milk. The Pittsburgh-based graphic designer and writer has had a deep love of art and design for as long as she can remember, and enjoys sharing her finds with others. When undistracted by great art and design, she can be found making a mess in the kitchen, consuming as much information as possible, or on the couch with her three pets. Find her @designcrush on social.

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