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Potence Pivotante Wall Lamp

c. 1938

by Charlotte Perriand
for Nemo Lighting

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.

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Charlotte Perriand

France (1903–1999)

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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