The French have been expertly refining industrial-style lighting since the 1920s, playing with scale, rotation, weight, and balance. From Charlotte Perriand and Bernard-Albin Gras to Olivier Abry of Wo & Wé, here are our favorites:
Above: The Lamp Gras N 214 Wall Light designed by Bernard-Albin Gras in 1921 is made of cast iron and steel; $580 at Design Within Reach. Above: Jean Prouvé’s Potence Lamp, produced today through Vitra, is $2,130 at Design Within Reach. Above: From Wo & Wé, which designs and makes its lights in a workshop in Lyon, France, comes the Adjustable Three Arms Wall Lamp in black patinated steel for €859 ($985 USD) at Wo & Wé. Above: The Serge Mouille Two-Arm Wall Sconce is $5,200 at Design Within Reach. Above: The Jielde Signal Two-Arm Wall Sconce is $399 at Horne. Above: From La Redoute Interieurs, the Metal Appliqué with Adjustable Articulated Arm is €63.99 ($73 USD) at La Redoute. Above: French brand AM.PM’s Appliqué Voltige Telescopic Light is €183.20 ($210) at La Redoute. Above: Designed by Charlotte Perriand in 1938, the Potence Pivotante Wall Lamp is still manufactured by Nemo Lighting; $652 at Finnish Design Shop. For more lighting ideas, see our posts: Above: The Tsé & Tsé Black Mirobolite Bracket Wall Lamp, made in the company’s Parisian workshop, is inspired by lamps from India; €412.50 ($473 USD).