ISSUE 70  |  Renovation and Reclamation

5 Favorites: Prouvé-Inspired Swing Arm Lights

May 03, 2013 11:30 AM

BY Alexa Hotz

Is Jean Prouvé’s Potence Lamp the lighting equivalent of the little black dress? It’s a timeless classic that instantly introduces a Parisian note of midcentury elegance to any room.

Prouvé’s Potence Lamp has inspired countless up-and-coming lighting designers; here’s a roundup of some of our favorite Prouvé-esque options, many of which ring in under a few hundred dollars.

Above: An original Potence Lamp in the apartment of artists Ines Colmorgen and André Wyst from Berlin Creatives at Home.

 Above: Atelier de Troupe’s small (36-inch long) Black Jib Lamp has a enameled brass socket with a removable shade for $545.

Above: Up-and-coming Ohio-based designer Andrew Neyer’s 5-Foot Crane Light pivots 180 degrees with a cord tension cantilevered design and is adjustable to any height by feeding the cable through the pivoting rod; $225 at Consignd.

Above: From Southern Lights on Etsy, the Potence Swing Arm Lamp is made from welded and hand-bent steel swiveling 150 degrees with a wood handle. The light is available painted or in its raw natural patina state for $365.

Above: Logan Henderickson’s Otis Light in Black with Brass Socket swivels 180 degrees, measures 30 inches from wall to bulb with a 10-inch-high bracket; $175 from One Forty Three.

Above: The Swing-Arm Wall Light from Danish designers House Doctor is made from unfinished metal; £200 from Bodie & Fou.

Above: LA-based designer Brendan Ravenhill’s Black Cord Lamp features a cloth electrical cord that provides enough tension to hold the pivoting steel arm in place; $230. For more from Brendan Ravenhill, see Live/Work in Echo Park: A Designer at Home.

On the hunt for more wall-mounted lighting options? Shop them all in our archive.