The concept is simple… Potence Pivotante designed by Charlotte Perriand features a matte black metal wall bracket with matching matte black finish tubular steel right-angled arm that culminates in a simple white glass spherical diffuser. The arm dramatically extends approximately 7 ½ feet into the interior space and will pivot horizontally allowing the user to direct light where it is needed within the resulting arc radius. Potence Pivotante is corded allowing you to use it with an existing electrical wall outlet rather than having to hard-wire it into a wall. The power cord becomes a visual extension of the wall bracket – this vertically oriented “black line” creates wonderful visual synergy with the horizontally oriented black tubular arm. Potence Pivotante’s enigmatic form functions on a highly sculptural level and is illuminated with a dimmable single 150 watt B15D bulb.
NEMO USA 2018
In her eight-decade career, Charlotte Perriand contributed to countless design projects that allowed her to experiment with material. She explored working with tubular steel furniture, natural pieces in ebonized wood, bamboo furniture in Japan, and more. Paying close attention to the functionality of the furniture and the arrangement of the interior environment, Perriand designed pieces that were meant to be comfortably used and enjoyed in a space, as evidenced in her famed 1959 daybed or curved-back LC7 chair. Her revolutionary user-centric approach helped establish her as a seminal figure in the modernist design movement whose legacy endures to this day.
Not long after graduating from Ecole de L'Union Centrale de Arts Decoratifs in Paris, Perriand impressed critics with “Bar Under the Roof,” an installation featuring an aluminum and chrome bar counter and card table presented at the Salon d’Automne in 1927. The showcase established her as an avant-garde talent to watch and wowed a personal icon of hers, Le Corbusier—who invited her to join his studio and work on furniture designs with him and his cousin Pierre Jeanneret. The trio went on to craft some of the most enduring modern furniture pieces of the 20th century, such as the widely collected LC4 chaise longue, today produced by Cassina.
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