Stemlite Floor Lamp


Why We Love It

The Stemlite (1962) was the first ‘total look’ lamp, a pioneering new typology conceived by American Designer Bill Curry, which replaced the traditional base-plus-shade form with a single self-contained unit comprising interchangeable modules. His debut design, the much-emulated Stemlite, was named “most influential lamp of the year” by Industrial Design Magazine in 1965, used on the set of the original Star Trek TV series, and remained in pro- duction until 1977. Now remastered by GUBI after almost half a century, the new collection comprises two table lamps, two floor lamps and a new pendant – a simple inversion of the original design – in a contemporary yet authentic color palette. Today’s Stemlite remains true to Curry’s designs, comprising three of the original heights: two table heights, one of which was originally conceived as a floor lamp and the original floor lamp height. A second, taller floor lamp has been added and a pendant light has been engineered by simply flipping the original design upside-down. A counterweight has been hidden in the negative space created by the geometry of the foot of the upright lamps to meet con- temporary safety requirements regarding stability and versions of the floor and pendant lights with new larger globes are also available.

  • The Stemlite was inspired by the strong, organic, yet slender stems that support flower heads in nature.
  • It comprises a die-cast metal base, evocative of a tulip-stem, topped with a mouth–blown glass globe, and a simple cylinder-shaped rotary switch underneath that gently rolls between the fingers from “on” through “off”.
  • The visual consistency across the collection and carefully curated color palette offer the opportunity to combine the lights in any combination making them ideal for residential, commercial and hospitality settings alike.
  • Their subtle organic form complements bold modern interior spaces as well as more traditional surroundings.
  • The Black Red, Black Chrome and Pebble Grey colors are an understated take on the original pop-inspired palette.
  • The frosted glass globe provides a gentle, atmospheric glow, perfect for adding diffused ambient light to a lighting scheme.
  • Grey textile cord.
  • Shade and base ship separately in 2 boxes.
  • If out of stock, quickship items typically ship in 6-8 weeks; lead times for special order items may vary - contact us for details.



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GUBI is the global design house where timeless modern icons and the creative talents of today meet and mingle – a century of design brilliance in one daring, definitive, and ever-evolving collection. Positioned at the point where the beauty of history meets the thrill of right now, GUBI is the creative force and curator behind the world’s most extraordinary design from the 20th century onwards. As well as rediscovering and reintroducing lost treasures of design history for the present generation, GUBI collaborates with a hand-picked global roster of visionary design studios to create icons for tomorrow.