Lampe Gras

Seven fine "Potences" -- single arm wall lights that extend outwards over 140cm

Luceplan Counterbalance wall light A BIG hit at recent trade shows has been Daniel Rybakken's Counterbalance for Luceplan. The first thing we all wanted to do was play with it. When they were showing early prototypes, we weren't allowed to, but it was instantly the most talked about light on display. Then the day came when we could! Seldom has a light created such an impact. It extends 192cm.

It is of a type generally referred to as a Potence, after the light of that name designed by Jean Prouvé in 1950 and now available from Vitra. This is "over 2m long":

Vitra Jean Prouvé Potence wall light

Charlotte Perriand, who had worked with Le Corbusier for ten years, formed an architectural practice with Jean Prouvé (and Georges Blanchon) in 1940. Later, she produced her version -- the Portence Pivotante which has recently been reissued by Nemo. This one extends 230cm:

nemo potence pivotante-wall-light-charlotte-perriand


Then, soon after, in 1951, the German-born, but England-based, Bernard Schottlander invented his wonderful Mantis range. This is the wall light, that extends 153cm. We have DCW Éditions to thank for their reissuing the collection this year.

DCW Éditions Bernard Schottlander mantis wall



These weren't the first potences, though.

Bernard-Albin Gras patented the principles behind what is now known as la Lampe Gras in 1921. Again, we thank DCW Éditions for rereleasing this design in all its flamboyant (yet practical) variety. #213 is extendable up to 146cms:

La lampe gras 213 wall light red


But the potence which has been most commonly specified over the last forty years is the 265 of 1973 by Paolo Rizzatto for Flos. The short part extends 85cm and the long arm is 205cm...

flos 265 wall light

...and when Delightfull issued the wall version of their Diana (which extends 150cm), they adopted the same format:

delightfull diana wall light blue

Whereas all the lights so far have basically been task/reading lights, Anna Lari's Techno is more a pendant light which happens to be hanging from the wall rather than the ceiling. It is telescopic, from 139cm to 193cm:

Anna lari techno wall light

So, a small but very distinguished family of lights -- so distinguished that there are monographs on Jean Prouvé, Charlotte Perriand and la Lampe Gras, available from Amazon, via our online bookshop.

Why do they matter? First, since (for environmental and comfort reasons), lights should not be placed on or in the ceiling, you need an alternative, if you are to get the light source close to what is being lit. In other situations you may not be able to use the ceiling at all.

Secondly, they are very theatrical. Somewhere out there on the interweb there is a great picture of an architect's office or similar with a row of 265s. When I find it, I'll add it to this post. In the meantime, here are two set shots of 265s being used in smaller quantities...

flos 265 wall light set

flos 265 wall light set...and a Diana:

delightfull diana wall light red


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Milan 2013: DCW reissues Bernard Schottlander's Mantis lights of 1951

Schottlander floor light in three positions DCW Éditions, who brought back to us the Lampe Gras, are now re-editing another very important mid-century collection, this one dating from 1951, designed by the German-born Englishman, Bernard Schottlander.

He was an artist, engineer, and fan of Alexander Calder’s, who devised a clever system of counterweights that are combined with a series of strong and flexible metal bars. To these are attached aluminium shades. He creates a helical movement in which the symmetrical and the asymmetrical are in opposition. Very much of their period, you can understand how useful such designs, from a reliable supplier, will be.

DCW are issuing three of Bernard Schottlander's five Mantis designs:

Schottlander range of Mantis wall, floor and table light

The picture at the head of this post is of the floor version-- it appears to have three lights because it is showing how the light can be put in different positions.

The three little feet are more elegant, but for contract purposes (where they may get rougher treatment), a round foot, like the one on the table version , can be supplied:

Schottlander Mantis round base

From this close-up you can see that, to alter its angle, the main arm is positioned in one of three holes.

Here is the table version:

Schottlander table light

On the other hand, you adjust the angle of the wall version...

Schottlander wall light

by using the chain.

So those are the dry facts. Enjoy now the lightness and balance of this design -- you can see why it is called Mantis.

Schottlander floor light

And Frédéric Winkler of DCW Éditions points out that the curve around the opening into the diffuser is like a smile....

Last October, a white floor version of the mantis sold at Bonhams for £3,500.


Idea 53. Internationales  Jahrbuch für Formebung Hatje , Gerd Stuttgart 1952

Illuminazione D'Oggi (Esempi di decorazione moderna di tutto il mondo) Aloi, Roberto Milan 1956

Bernard Schottlander portrait


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Euroluce 2013: Hall 11

  Euroluce name in colours

This is the second of a series of posts to be published this week that will build up into our Handy Guide to Euroluce 2013. This one looks at who is a hall eleven. Other posts look at who is in other halls and also what is happening where fuori salone. The last post in the series will pull all the content together into one document, with updates and corrections. This will then form the basis for our customary PDFs -- alphabetical, and by hall -- for you to use at the Fair. 

That last post in the series will remain up throughout the week of the Fair so that you can download the PDFs , or read it on your mobile thingy, at any time.


Album D21 E20

You MUST visit this stand, even if you visit no others! The reason is that Album’s systems make possible results that it would otherwise be very difficult to achieve. This includes getting the light source as near as possible to the thing being lit – essential if you are serious about saving energy. But it is never really clear what they can do until you have seen for yourself, when you will also discover how beautifully designed the lighting bodies are. When you add to these strengths the fact that they are one of the few decorative lighting companies using LEDs well, and that they now have an outdoor collection...well you can perhaps begin to understand why you should visit their stand!

Artemide C19 D28

One of the most important companies in decorative lighting, that manages to bring out very good, very interesting lights from top designers every year – for example, one of several innovative spot lights new to their catalogue is Cata, designed by Carlotta de Bevilacqua, that won this year’s prestigious IF Product Design award. This stand is, of course, a must.

Arturo Alvarez C35

Arturo Alvarez will be introducing to their already strong offering new lights using LEDs and silicone, that are specifically designed with the hospitality and project markets in mind. With the world mired in the financial doldrums, this is a good approach. The designs need not be compromised by having to suit a particular market and/or function – quite the opposite.

Baga F27 F31

Patrizia Garganti has added several more brands to the original Baga – Lovelylight, Bespoke Lighting Design, ME, Atelier Tailor Made – and we saw some useful designs at their stand two years ago. But they never sent us the information that they had promised, so I suppose the message is caveat emptor.

Céline Wright D25

We are so pleased Céline Wright will be showing at Euroluce! No-one makes lighter pieces than she does: floating shapes – large and small – from paper, often suspended from the most delicate structures, that may be complemented by the use of a pebble to provide weight. This year she has introduced her new Arabesque collection, that look a bit like the outline of a whirling Dervish!

Danese C19 D28

Danese have a larger collection of lights, both professional and decorative, than you may have realised. By showing at Euroluce, it will be possible to focus on this segment of their collection.

Davide Groppi B29 C32

Another essential stand! What they do is so elegant, so minimal that you could whizz past with just a glance. Big mistake! There is an amazing team joyfully at work here, producing their own unique solutions to lighting requirements in a variety of locations, particularly restaurant tables.  They manage to create luminaires that look like sculptures hanging over a table that mysteriously has puddles of light on it – i.e. it is not obvious that the luminaires are producing the light (and there is no glare). Difficult to describe, but easy to see. If you look...

Fine Art Lamps H55

Fine Art Lamps is one of the very few American lighting companies that bothers to make international versions of their lights, so they can be used in Europe. This is good for all those UK designers who are drawn to American-style lights. It is also good because, in a very varied collection, there are some humdingers.

FontanaArte B21 C18

Since becoming part of the NICE Group, we have been delighted to see FontanaArte recovering its mojo. Already one of the finest collections of 20th century designs – partly by keeping models from the 1930s onwards in their collection – they are now adding further strong designs, some of which are classics and some of which are new. Look out for the beautiful, minimal floor light called Yumi. Remember, UK specifiers, that they now keep a stock of their main designs in UK for quick delivery. This is bound to be a stand not to be missed!

Foscarini A19 B24

Another of the very greatest names in decorative lighting, the quality of whose collection is matched by the efficiency of their operation. A huge stand (880sq m), again designed by Ferruccio Laviani, that will have space for proper meetings and discussions, and 200sq m set aside for the Successful Living from Diesel collection.

They have a programme of talks where specific lights are discussed by their designers. It is really interesting to be taken through the process of design. You may then understand better why it takes, on average, two years from original concept until when a light is commercially available. Download Foscarini's Meet the Designers sessions to see who is talking and when.

Innermost D23 E24

A UK company that can hold its head high, mixing it with the most design-advanced exhibitors in Paris, Stockholm and Milan, thanks to their fascinating and growing collection, that is also well-priced. When you are on the stand, get up close’n’personal (with the lights) – for example, Glaze, that appears to be made from an impossible liaison between copper and ivory....

Kalmar F35

The Viennese company, Kalmar, is over 130 years old and has a history that embraces, for example,  Josef Frank’s and Oskar Wlach’s avant-garde pre-war furnishing showrooms, Haus & Garten, so they have an amazing archive that they are now plundering to create their Werkstätten collection. The designs are fantastic, the quality of production is equally fantastic – we are delighted by the very positive reactions we get to pictures of the collection, so please do make the most of the opportunity to see the real things, up close.

Karboxx E34

Karboxx fascinates because of its dedication to innovative materials, such as carbon fibre and refined glass fibre, that make possible designs (light, strong, often minimal) that could not be be made in other materials. That does not mean that their collection is impractical – quite the opposite. It does mean, though, that a visit to their stand is always justified, to see what new things they have come up with.

Lampe Gras E35 and

Lampe B. Schottlander E35

This is a stand that we will be making a bee-line for. DCW Éditions have already brought back the iconic Lampe Gras, that gets ever more exciting, with longer articulated structures (as if made by a mad plumber) and new, cool, colourways. The latest versions (two table lights, one floor-standing uplighter, one pendant and four wall lights) will be shown.

However, they are now also re-editing a collection dating from 1951, designed by the German-born Englishman, Bernard Schottlander. He was an artist, engineer, and fan of Alexander Calder’s who devised a clever system of counterweights that are combined with a series of strong and flexible metal bars. To these are attached aluminium shades. He creates a helical movement in which the symmetrical and the asymmetrical are in opposition. Very much of their period, when you see them you will understand how useful such designs, from a reliable supplier, will be.

Lamp di Volpato Patrizia F28

One of the best sources of chandeliers made from triedri, quadriedri and triangular bars of optical glass (a standard Venetian concept that gives you more of the magical play of light and glass for your euro or pound than anything else), they also have an extensive collection of Italian contemporary designs.

 Laudarte H40

Laudarte now also have Leone Aliotti and Leo Mirai under their wing – collections from all three will be on their stand. Leone Aliotti’s designs are traditional, gold, highly decorated, with lampshades. Leo Mirai’s also have lampshades, but the bases are simpler and in nickel. Laudarte’s own collection tends towards Leone Aliotti’s, but there are some other interesting designs – e.g. lanterns. Laudarte are a good source of custom pieces.

Le Porcellane F33

Few foreigners would associate Florence with fine porcelain, but the long-standing presence of Richard Ginori in Sesto Fiorentino has resulted in the presence thee of smaller companies set up by people that they have trained. Le Porcellane does wonderful traditional collections that include lamp bases. We have not felt that their shades (which they buy in) are as good as their bases, though – do let us know what you think.

  LZF D32

LZF have taken a specific material – the thin strip of wood veneer – and created a large and very varied collection using it. All the pieces benefit from its attractive nature, which is strengthened by the imaginative designs and, frequently, pastel colouring (that never conceals the grain).

Mazzuccato G33

Mazzuccato is the real deal – a furnace, still run by one a scion of the great Murano glass families, and still on Murano. They have the finest collection of traditional Muranese designs, with a wide range of flowers, colours and finishes. That is not to say that they don’t also have good contemporary designs in stronger colours, but so do others. Since everything is made to order, custom sizes and details are possible.

Mechini H36

Mechini are the leading exponent of a Florentine tradition for chandeliers (and other items) made from painted metal combined with glass. The range of designs, colours and sizes is huge, plus they willingly do custom pieces. Since we have no longer had our showrooms, we have sold very few, so they clearly need to be seen – as you can do if you go to stand H36! You’ll like some more than others.

MEE Murano F45

MEE’s is a fascinating collection of very contemporary, experimental Venetian glass designs. You’ll either love them or hate them – nothing could be further from the design language of many UK-based designers. But if you have a brave, flamboyant client, something from MEE Murano might be just the thing. Have a look.

Pallucco C33

A very interesting collection from some top designers. This year, they have a LED version of the vast Fortuny flood light (that normally has a 500W incandescent lamp). It will be interesting to see how it performs. There will also be Arianna, an intriguing design of moveable cherry  wood rods, and Tape – a spot light shining down onto tape strung across a wheel. They look much better than these descriptions suggest, so you have to go look.

Torremato D36

We will be fascinated to see what Torremato introduce at the show! A young brand (an offshoot of the very different Il Fanale q.v.), they are going their own way, using wood and metal to create wonderful indoor and outdoor lights.

Venetia Studium (Fortuny) F30

Venetia Studium has been one of our favourite makers since we began – fabulous Fortuny designs made from hand-painted silk, in Venice. If the patterned versions are too art nouveau for your project, then consider the plain versions.   Most designs are now available in glass, for environments where more light in needed, or where they risk being knocked about. They also make thrilling versions of the large Fortuny floodlight – the pieces may be big but they are engineered like jewels. Look out for the one with rich gold leaf inside the reflector – wonderful to look at and warming the light being cast.

Vistosi E23 F22

Vistosi’s is probably the finest collection of contemporary glass lights. There are good designs for all sorts of applications, from simple pieces for a corridor, to designs created to be flexible so that specials can be mad; from designs ideal for cascades down stairwells, to Angelo Mangiarotti’s endlessly flexible Giogali system of glass hooks.

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La lampe Gras: more colours, more formats

Lampe Gras table light 205 blue To their existing colour range, DCW, who are re-editing La Lampe Gras have added two more colours: a blue and a yellow.

Not just any blue or yellow, though! Just as the red is a particular red that is used for the ground underneath gold leaf, the yellow is "...the colour of machine oil" and the blue (see above) is  "...a deep blue, reminiscent of that used in carbon paper."

Here is the full range of colours and finishes at the moment.

Lampe Gras colours

Note that they can sometimes be mixed -- the structure in one colour or finish, and the shade and base in another. See exactly what by downloading  the PDF of the catalogue from here.

The excitement about this classic light, designed in 1921 by Bernard-Albin Gras, is partly based on its functionality. It does what it does, which is to be task light, supremely well. And partly because form follows function: it looks like what it looks like because that is how it needs to be made, not because it was "designed".

The new formats demonstrate this very well. For example, the wall light no. 216:

Lampe Gras wall light 216 set

Lampe Gras wall light 216

and the wall light no. 303:

Lampe Gras wall light 303 set

Lampe Gras wall light 303

Finally, there is a new table light that can be attached either by a clamp, or directly to the table/desk:

Lampe Gras table light 211 311

Lampe Gras table light 211

Lampe Gras table light 211  set

This means that the Lampe Gras collection now comprises:

3 x table lights

2 x "architects' lights -- i.e. these table lights with a long reach that fix to the table -- that are so good they will make the Tolomeo blush, DCW say!

1 x floor light

9 x wall lights, articulated in various ways, and

1 x pendant.

Enough for every possible use -- why would one specify any other light?!

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Maison & Objet, Paris January 2012: a handy guide

M&O logo MAISON ET OBJET, January 2012: A handy guide to good lighting stands, courtesy of Cameron Peters Fine Lighting

This guide is handier as a PDF (click on M&O 01 12 handy guide), with the info split so that each hall starts on a separate page. This means that you only have to have out the pages for the hall that you are in. There are also PDF indices, by hall/row (M&O 01 12 summary by hall and row) and alphabetically (M&O 01 12 alphabetical summary).


There are formal activities in Paris itself from the 19th to the 23rd January (so almost the same dates as Maison & Objet at Villepinte). Seventy showrooms are open for the event, from ten o’clock in the morning till eight o’clock in the evening, and there is a shuttle bus connecting them. The vast majority are either:

–          along the rue du Mail (approximately between the Bourse and the Palais Royal), or

–          on and around the rue de Furstenberg in Saint-Germain-des-Prés. None are of specific interest to lighting fans. However, not formally part of PARIS DECO... OFF, but exhibiting in their own showrooms, rather than at Villepinte, is....

Pouenat Ferronnier 22bis Passage Dauphine 75006

One of the most exciting, varied – and courageous – sources of furniture and lighting, this long-established fine metal working company is creating collections with leading young designers that include India Mahdavi, Nicolas Aubagnac, Damien Langlois-Meurinne, François Champsaur and Michel Jounannet. There is a new collection by Jean-Louis Deniot ( ) and recent introductions from Piero Manara ( ). The showrooms are open from 20th January to 24th January (i.e. the same dates as Maison & Objet), from noon till eight o’clock. Who wouldn’t want an excuse to visit this corner of Paris for a few hours!

Also whilst in Paris (rather than out at Villepinte):

–          the best lighting department in any department store anywhere (though its quality goes up and down a bit) is at Le Bon Marché ( )

–          the best retail lighting shop anywhere (except that it has far too little space) is Novaluce at 172, rue du Faubourg St Honoré, 75008 ( )

–          the best area anywhere for vintage lights and chandeliers is in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, approximately within the square marked out by the rue des Saints-Pères, the rue de l’Université, the rue du Bac and the rue de Lille (you can visit Pouenat at the same time!)

–          see what Hervé van der Straeten is up to, at 11 rue Ferdinand Duval 75004

–          visit the truly amazing shop cum museum (chandeliers under water, huge talking vases...) that Philippe Starck created for Baccarat at 11, place des Etats-Unis.


This hall can be dangerous. Not only can quality (of product and service) be low, but electrical items do not necessarily comply with international or north American regulations, so they are illegal and potentially dangerous. However, some do comply. A stand that we have liked previously (we have not worked with them yet) is:

Ay Illuminate B16/C15

This is an eco company based in the Netherlands, but with production in Asia, Ethiopia and Swaziland. The principal material is bamboo, but rattan, sisal and various woods are also used. Designs are well-proportioned and well-made. Some consciously draw on the ethnic environment from which they come – e.g. fishing nets. Others are just good contemporary abstract designs.


If you’ve got the time, do not just whizz past the Craft section in Hall 4 (on the side by Hall 5A). Two stands to note, neither of which make lights: –          we were enchanted at the last fair by the creations of Atelier Volubile (stand E1) and –          we never miss the opportunity to visit the stand of Didier Legros – (D61)! You’ll see why (though maybe it’s a Man Thing...).

Also in this section is:

Benoît Vieubled C1

...with his charming, playful, airy, wire creations. Maybe his globe chandelier (Monde à l’Endroit, Monde à l’Envers) will also there. He works with Art & Floritude, upon whose stand (Hall 7 Stand B21) works of his may also appear –


Ango C13/D14

Never miss the opportunity to see examples of Ango’s production! Pictures cannot do justice to the magical effect of light passing through silk cocoons, rattan, intricate matrices of hand-soldered wire coated in nickel or gold.... Luxurious, yet also sustainable. The designs can be as radical as the materials, but there are also now small table lights that can be used anywhere. The excitement at this fair is to see the first lights made out of a material that Angus has been working on for years – sea weed....


We are so pleased that Bover are exhibiting in Paris! We only started working with them during 2011 but they have turned out to be an utter delight – a very good, very useful collection (e.g. the bedside lights), high standards of production,  charming helpful people, good packaging, punctual delivery. Good prices! So, for trouble-free specifying of attractive lights, start with Bover. Why can’t all manufacturers be like this....

Casadisagne I28

We know from statistics that most specifiers and buyers prefer to use Chinese-made lights in hotels. There are all sorts of reasons why this is surprising. Casadisagne is one of many good European producers (the factory is in Provence) that compete on price but which can also offer all the advantages of European quality, plus local, smaller run, shorter lead-time, more flexible production, by staff who are properly paid and looked after.

Mathieu Challières J38

It is no secret that Cameron Peters seeks out designers with a unique vision, and Mathieu Challières is a great example. Note the playfulness (e.g. his Petit Air de Campagne collection with birds and apples), and his use of colour (Les Diabolos – the answer when someone wants a “cheap” chandelier – these are not expensive, but they are real designs in their own right, that enchant grown-ups and children alike) and of white (see his series of large white plaster pieces).

Thierry Vidé Design I39

Another case where it is essential to see what they do for real (not just in pictures)  and what happens when you move around what they have created.  The material is pierced metal sheet that can be coloured and which, when used in layers, creates magical kinetic effects. Thierry and his sons, Jean-Sébastien and Félicien, use it to make the normal-sized lights that will be on their stand, but they can also create the most exciting, vast pieces (lights or sculptures) for large interiors or exterior use. No-one lese can design such large site-specific pieces that do not block out light, and which seem so weightless as to float.


Art et Floritude B21

You will primarily know this Loire valley-based family company for their traditional, bucolic designs of painted leaves and fruits (making chandeliers and wall lights based on olive branches, for instance), and beautiful small porcelain flowers. But at each fair they also show more contemporary designs in metal and porcelain. They are particularly strong in large custom pieces, working with India Mahdavi at the Connaught, for example.

Chelini H140

A Florence-based company working in wood, Chelini create not just lights but the mirrors, furniture, tables, beds &c. that allow you to create magnificent Italian interiors. There is also a contemporary, seaside villa-orientated collection designed by Michele Bönan, to which some or all of their stand may be dedicated( ).


CTO are well-known to UK-based specifiers, of course. But that is specifically why the chance should be taken to update oneself with what they are doing. For example, interior designers in London like lampshades so they do a lot of these. But they are also introducing ranges of 1960s-influenced designs (like the Array collection) and also, with Big Bulb, authentic designs from the 1960s and the 1970s – with no lampshades!

Day Glow D91

A very good source for lampshades, either bespoke, or on the simple bases that you will see here. Like (most of) our suppliers, a nice person – we think it morally responsible to give our business to nice, sensible, fair people, plus, if there are problems, they will easier to deal with.

Fortuny/Venetia Studium D129

Best known for the magical hand-painted silk creations of Fortuny, they are also now exploring other designs by him that are more functional than decorative. The results are wonderfully sculptural pieces. The detailing and quality of production are amazing, so don’t waste the opportunity to see them (e.g. the Studio 1907 Tripod floor light) up close and personal.

Lieux D71

Another delightful, playful French collection with small birds on wires, &c. You may find lights that have intrigued you in magazines, but you didn’t know who made them. And he now has a web site!

Mat & Jewski D78

Hervé’s creativity is also unique, and bold, so this is a stand that always surprises (usually in a good way!). But our favourite works of his may be amongst his earliest – the fantastic feather pieces.

MEE srl Murano 041 B13

Mee Murano 041 is the real deal: people of Murano, who have come together on Murano, to create a firm responsible for some of the most extreme experiments in Venetian glass. Their designers include Aristide Najean ( ) who has been working with glass on Murano since 1986 and who has created inter alia for MEE the amazing Niagara – a frozen waterfall in glass.  Not to mention the writhing, snake-like Rovere Bosco – explosions of black glass with gold and red.

Melograno Blu D111/E112

The Cameron Peters team have loved the work of Massimo and Ermanno since the day we opened. The fabulous Opera range has now been joined by the Hydra range. Whereas the former have lamps inside them, the latter are lit from above. This allows a delicious effect of water running down a coloured thread (plus their use in damp areas). Their stands are always amazing!

Objet Insolite E33/F34

Dark bronze structures with cream (or other single colour) shades, this collection, though very French and frequently specified for hotels and restaurants, is particularly well-suited to cottages and barn conversions. See the unique decorative outdoor lights.

Ochre C45

Like CTO, well known to UK-based specifiers yet still worth a close look, partly to catch up with their new items, but also to appreciate the range of materials, sympathetically used.

Saint-Louis F107

Saint-Louis is one of the greatest names in French crystal. Their catalogue collection of chandeliers is not huge, but it is diverse, so this is an important opportunity to see what they do, and also to discuss custom pieces.

Tekna H139

Under the Tekna umbrella are two brands -- both totally different from each other and both the best in their own field. Flat comprises the best recessed spot lights. The lamp is higher than the level of the ceiling. The non-reflective baffles provides a better spread of light, while ensuring that there is no glare. There are rimless versions for the most visually minimal installation. One downlighter looks very much like another in a picture, of course. You must therefore take the opportunity afforded by this stand to experience how much the Flats improve on the performance of standard downlighters. Nautic is a series of retro designs, some with a nautical flavour (hence the name). But they are also totally up-to-date with their technology (e.g. the use of LEDs) and thought is always given to preventing glare. An essential collection.

Villiers Brothers E45

An English company determined to “...create beautiful and strikingly different pieces of furniture to the highest quality.” And, from their images, they do. We are looking forward to this opportunity to meet them and to look closely at their work. They have a good, small contemporary classical lighting range within their total collection, that stresses fine metal working.


& Tradition A49/B50

&Tradition (née Unique Interieur) supplies classic Scandinavian designs by people like Arne Jacobsen and Verner Panton, but also by interesting current designers like Victor Vetterlein. The result is an eclectic, high calibre collection that should not be missed.

Anglepoise B19

This is one company that needs no introduction to a British audience! However, it is important to keep up-to-date with the full choice from makers whose collections we think we know well. For example, would we remember that there is a cute little wall version, in colours, of 1228? Or mini versions of the Type 75, also in jolly colours (great for children’s rooms)?

Anthologie Quartett A25/B26

Nobody is more committed to design than Rainer and Michael! From a beautiful moated castle in Germany, they bravely put into production the most exciting, sometimes extreme, most diverse range of products. Visit the stand to see the collection, because it is very difficult to convey the variety and quality just using catalogues. Their lighting (only a part of their total collection) ranges from the umbrellas of the Flying Robert to one of the best-known, and most copied chandelier designs in history: Cellula.

Baccarat C63/D64

If you have never been, do visit if you can their museum and showroom on the Place des Etats-Unis,  created for them by Philippe Starck; one of the most extraordinary interiors anywhere, it is certainly vaut le detour! However, they also exhibit at the January Maison & Objet where additions to their chandelier families can be seen, as well as smaller items like as table lights.

Bloom! C89

Rob and his wife invented the idea of the outsize illuminated flower pot that can be used for flowers, or trees, or Christmas trees, or packed with ice and filled with lager... But see also their small outdoor portable lights, and Ornametrica, their mathematical, expanding indoor chandelier.

Brokis A113/B114

We have not yet worked with the Czech company Brokis but we, like others, have been impressed during 2011 by the internet coverage of some strong designs – particularly the ubiquitous Muffin, designed for them by Dan Yeffet and Lucie Koldova. Certainly one to watch – it is great that they are coming to Maison & Objet, and so making it easy for us to do so!

Céline Wright C26

The charming Céline Wright is French – her English name comes from her English father. No-one makes lighter pieces then she: floating shapes – large and small – from paper, often suspended from the most delicate structures, that may be complemented by the use of a pebble to provide weight. The detailing is really good as well: when a shape is built up from many small pieces of paper, each piece is positioned carefully. This matters, because their arrangement is part of the effect -- as light shines though them, the pattern is revealed.

DCW Enterprises C70

DCW Enterprises have been responsible for arguably the most important re-edition of a classic task light, the French La Lampe Gras from the 1920s. Seduced by its modernity and its practicality, it was used by legendary characters who were amongst those most responsible for the aesthetic of the 20th century – Le Corbusier, Robert Mallet-Stevens, Eileen Gray, George Braque... It is beautifully made, in a variety of typologies (table, wall, floor). It is one the few lights that is so important that there is a monograph dedicated to it!

Delightfull E97/F98

Delightfull, linked to the (very different) Portuguese furniture company Boca Do Lobo (, has been popping up at shows in London and elsewhere. It is always a pleasure to find them, because the collection is of intelligent, well-made, fun 1950s-influenced designs. There is a panache, an enthusiasm about them  which is infectious.

Dix Heures Dix D10

The best source of large, fabric freestanding lights, of course, but do visit their stand to remind yourself of the other things that they do, and that you may not expect from them – for example, the Koon chandelier and the Infini floor light. For this show, they are promising new materials, new designs, new lighting concepts....

Ex Novo C103

Exnovo are the Italian distributors of Freedom of Creation (FOC), so on this stand you’ll find FOC’s products. For the quality of design, as much as through their pushing ever further the bounds of what is possible using 3D printing technologies, it is always worth seeing what they are up to. Maybe, as in Milan last year, there will be a working 3D printing machine to marvel at!

Goodbye Edison D102

A new collection of high quality LED lights, launched at M&O twelve months ago. Their Frame is a neat, simple idea: a table light shaped like a frame, with LEDs at the back that would illuminate any picture on the wall behind it, and which would be visible through the frame (though the effective angle of vision is probably as restricted as it is for 3D TV!). The rest of the collection continues in this language of minimal forms holding (and made possible by) LEDs.

Innermost C83

A collection that needs little introduction, that justifies one’s keeping up-to-date with what they do, especially as they work with various designers, using innovative materials in interesting ways – there is no such thing as a “typical” Innermost product! This will be the first chance to see their Small Fillet, half the size of the Ø80cm Fillet.

Kalmar D97

Vienna-based Kalmar is one of the great names in lighting. They have been around for 130 years and have had the great idea to raid their archives to create a family of authentic 20th century designs, which they  have branded Kalmar Werkstätten, and which they will be showing here on a beautiful panelled stand. The workmanship is of the highest standard – an essential stand to see!

Lahumiere Design C32

A small (but growing) collection of clever, interesting contemporary lights, usually made from metal sheet, sometimes with a 1960s feel. See also the very minimal, sculptural Albedo.

Lasvit A113/B114

One of the companies to emerge from the post-communist Czech glass industry, and the one making the biggest splash at various trade shows, with their large and interesting custom pieces. They also have a catalogue of standard items like the neat little Glitters family. And “Lighting Sculptures” like Olgoj Chorchoj’s Lipka Tree and Growing Vases by the Japanese designer, Nendo.

Le Deun Luminaires D20

We have been fans of Jean-Luc’s work since we opened. He has been working with LEDs since 1997 – i.e. longer than almost anyone in decorative lighting – and the journey has thrown up some fascinating designs along the way. His current collection is based on simple geometric shapes – circles, squares, cubes – with LEDs around their insides. Very practical, very strong, very minimal, very well made.

Lumen Center Italia D82

Lumen Center Italia is a long-established company with a fine collection that includes classics like the sculptural Quadro (updated last year) and strong interpretations of standard shapes, such as  Iceglobe – yes, another translucent globe, but theirs is made of a more interesting material than most. They have rather faded from view recently, not helped by their not being on Architonic, of course, so it is great to see them exhibiting at Maison & Objet, a show that few contemporary Italian lighting companies support.

Miranda Watkins Design B89/C90

Miranda Watkins’ Random lights comprise leaves of various translucent materials hanging independently around a bulb. This is the starting point, though: she will do bespoke lighting installations, adapting the scale, finish and materials to the space.

Moustache B37

Not essential for lighting fans, really, but they do jolly things, starting with their home page. The interest for us is the Vapeur family, designed for them by Inga Sempé (yes, the daughter of the brilliant cartoonist!) – generous, informal, playful chef’s hat shapes.

Muuto B63/C64

A Danish company with a lighting collection that displays the classic strengths of Scandinavian design: strong simple forms that make the most of the nature of the materials from which they are made, e.g. wood (Wood Lamp), felt (Under The Bell), glass and a carbon filament lamp (Cosy Ingrey Lamp).

Slamp E111/F112

There are two ways to look at Slamp. Cheap plastic lights? Or very good value lights, made out of materials like Opalflex® and Cristalflex®, that have been developed specifically for use in lighting? The designs are good too, coming from people like Bruno Rainaldi (who also designs for Terzani), Nigel Coates (now Slamp’s art director) and Alessandro Mendini.

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