ISSUE 36  |  Minimalist Glamour

Streamlined Light: Designs by Lambert & Fils of Montreal

September 10, 2014 1:00 PM

BY Izabella Simmons

Back in 2010, former video editor Samuel Lambert set out to open a Montreal lighting design studio devoted to interpreting midcentury and industrial shapes in a glamorous, minimalist way. 

Although not from a formal design background, Lambert had always yearned for a way to work with his hands (his late father owned a pottery workshop). He started refurbishing vintage lamps and learned about the design and technical aspects, which eventually led to designing his own lights, fine-tuning his minimalist aesthetic, and founding Lambert & Fils.

Today the company has its own boutique and showroom on Beaubien Street, plus a separate manufacturing location. Lambert and his team make a range of lamps out of brass, powder-coated aluminum, and marble, and offer both custom and ready-made designs, all with a notably bare, elegant look. Here are a few highlights.

Photography by Lambert & Fils

Above: The brass Atomium pendant features two bulbs per tube and is completely built from scratch; $1,100 CAD  (US $1,002). 

Above: The Dot Suspension Lamp is made of brass and black nylon wire; $245 CAD (US $223). 

Above: The Dot Murale wall lamp is also brass and black nylon wire; $285 CAD (US $260).

Above: The Luna Floor Lamp has a brass body and a marble base; $625 CAD (US $570).

Above: The Grue floor lamp, a combination of brass and powder-coated aluminum, comes in matte black, matte white, and gloss pistachio; $1,080 CAD (US $984). The design is also available in a table lamp version, Grue Petite.

Above: Lambert & Fils offers several wall lamps. The Waldorf-Large, shown here, is brass and powder-coated aluminum; $625 CAD (US $569). 

Above: Vintage hanging lamps are mingled with Lambert & Fils designs in the work studio. Photograph via Harmless Banter.

Above: Lambert & Fils founder, Samuel Lambert (second from left) with some of his collaborators. The studio has grown from a one-man operation to a 12-employee studio. To see the full collection, visit Lambert & Fils. Photograph via Harmless Banter

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