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Design Sleuth: A Wall Sconce Inspired by Le Corbusier

February 26, 2014 2:00 PM

BY Alexa Hotz

Last spring while I was exploring Paris, Lucile Demory took me first to see Le Corbusier’s La Maison Roche and then to his atelier and apartment just outside of the city’s periphery. What struck me as most interesting in the architect’s bedroom was the light fixture jutting out of the wall like a piece of broken and exposed plumbing.

Last week I came across the work of Jörg Schellmann, a fine arts publisher and furniture designer in Munich, whose Staff Wall Lamp is strikingly similar. Pure coincidence or obvious influence, it’s great to find a quirky light like Le Corbusier’s in production and, with a little legwork, available to purchase.

Above:  Le Corbusier’s bedroom with wall sconce at Immeuble Molitor, located at 24 rue Nugesser et Coli in Paris, where he lived from 1931 to 1934. Photograph by Alexa Hotz for Remodelista.

Above: Detail of the same style of wall sconce in the dining room, this time made from a brown-painted steel tube. Photograph by Alexa Hotz for Remodelista.

Above: Schellmann’s wall-mounted Staff Lamp Wall, designed in 2007, is made from tubular steel and extends to 80 cm in length. Available through Schellmann Furniture; inquire directly for pricing and availability.

Above: The Staff Lamp Wall is also available in a stone gray and gray white (shown here).

Above: The Staff Lamp Ceiling has a similar minimalist profile: a halogen light housed in tubular steel. The lamp is also available in gray and white.

For more lighting admired by architects–Le Corbusier included–see our post, 10 Easy Pieces: Best Architect’s Lamps