GUBI X Josefine Winding
Adesso: In the Moment
GUBI invited Josefine Winding to explore the space between art and design, and the aesthetic experience, by creating a series of six unique side tables. The first of these tables was exhibited within the GUBI Showroom for 3 Days of Design, alongside Winding’s collection of 15 new sculptures fresh from New Works, a showcase at the Arden Asbæk Gallery.
“GUBI’s Collection is defined by a unique aesthetic and a distinctive visual signature – and the same notion of an aesthetic autograph is true for the work of Danish sculptor Josefine Winding,” says Marie Schmidt, CMO of GUBI. “It is for this reason that we were delighted to collaborate with her to showcase the Adesso side table alongside a wider collection of her sculptures.”
Winding’s sculptural side tables entitled Adesso, meaning ‘now’ in Italian speak to the idea that aesthetic consciousness impacts how we experience being in the moment. Winding describes her work as “non-objective art,” a type of abstract art that is usually geometric and aims to convey a sense of simplicity and purity, and Adesso embodies this. Championing a more fluid relationship between art and function, Winding describes the pieces as sculptures: “I see the Adesso side table as a work of art, rather than a design, even if it has a function.”
Winding’s signature aesthetic can be discerned in the balance between the angular and the rounded. The carefully considered negative space in the piece creates changing light and shadow within depending on how the light falls. The concept has been in her head for at least a year and came together swiftly once the collaboration with GUBI was established. The table is created by first casting a concrete block. Winding then uses a subtractive process cutting away until the piece takes form, followed by sanding. Afterwards the pieces are hand-finished with a special filler to create her signature textural quality. The grainy filler offers a calm and raw expression with a tactile feel. The visible hand strokes give it an experience of humanity. “I want the shape to invite you to be curious about it, walk around it, stroke it with your hand,” she says. “I hope it will awaken a sense of presence in people.” Each table has been treated a matte epoxy for durability, and as they are made by hand, each is entirely unique.