Designed by Jean Prouvé for his own groundbreaking La Maison Tropicale, the Potence Lamp (1950) provides a unique solution for suspension lighting with its ingenious engineering and elegant form. Consisting of a single metal rod that extends almost 7 feet from a wall-mounted vertical bracket, this base-free lamp saves valuable floor space. A simple handle with wood knob moves the entire lamp laterally to illuminate a 180-degree range of space, and an on-cord dimmer switch allows easy light adjustment. Bulb (included): 14W/G25/E26 CFL. UL Listed. Reproduced to exacting standards by Vitra. Made in Germany.
Black enameled metal rod, base and mounting bracket; wood knob.
As the critical reassessment of 20th century design continues, no greater rediscovery has been made than the work of French engineer/designer Jean Prouvé. "Never design anything that cannot be made," Prouvé once said. He betrayed his training as an engineer with a practical body of work ranging from letter openers and doorknobs to furniture and buildings.
Prouvé was born into an artistic family in Nancy, France; his father, Victor Prouvé, collaborated with the great Art Nouveau artists Emile Gallé and Louis Majorelle as a ceramicist. Prouvé himself was trained as a metalsmith before attending engineering school in Nancy, and his intimate knowledge of metal remained the foundation of his work and career. Read more >