Sparse in form, and with a subtle emphasis on material, the Potence Wall Light with Abat-Jour Conique Shade is a fascinating lamp that is rich with heritage. The removable conical shade is a piece from the archives of the esteemed designer and has been resurrected and reissued here for the first time in decades. The lamp itself can be used with or without the shade, and is produced from powder-coated tubular steel and is finished in an ecru-esque shade that was created by Prouvé himself. The Potence is defined by a long overarching movable arm which gives the lamp its distinctive sense of character and allows for all manner of lighting environments to be realised, from intimate settings such as illuminating the middle of a dining table, to giving life to an entire room.
Jean Prouve was born into an artistic family in Nancy, France. Prouve trained as a metalsmith before attending engineering school in Nancy, and his intimate knowledge of metal remained the foundation of his work and career.
After opening his own workshop in 1923, Prouve began producing modern metal furniture of his own design as well as collaborating with some of the best-known French designers of the day, including Le Corbusier and Charlotte Perriand.