Pouenat Ferronnier's stand at any fair is always essential viewing. No-one else combines such technical craftsmanship with the amazing, unpredictable designs that result from the owner, Jacques Rayet, giving leading designers carte blanche to design whatever they want. It is a brave policy that is delivering great results, both for the company and for specifiers.
This year, Damien Langlois-Meurinne has expanded his collection for them. One of the designs is Libellule -- a future classic if ever I saw one. Although made of brass, the shape and finish of the fins really do evoke the wings of a dragonfly in flight.
It is Ø145cm H65cm. There are small lamps in frosted glass sleeves between the wings. The finish of the wings is slightly lighter on the side which faces the lamp, which increases the contrast in tone between the two sides -- adding to the sense of movement. Being made by Pouenat Ferronnier, you have a wide range of finish options: in this case, though, we don't think you'd want to have anything other than the carefully judged standard version.