In 1921, a young engineer named Bernard-Albin Gras designed a series of lamps for use in offices and industrial environments. The Lampe Gras, as it came to be known, is the quintessential French architect lamp. Astounding in its simple yet beautiful design, which had neither screws nor welded joints in the basic form, it quickly gained a cult following in France.
The harbinger of an era, Lampes Gras were one of, if not the first items created for industrial use to became desirable in interior decorating. The 1920s were a golden age of design in France, and the Lampe Gras epitomized the combination of form and function that has come to define the style of that period.
There are many lights that describe themselves as architects’ lamps, but only Lampe Gras can claim the distinction of being not only the original architect lamp, but the favorite of the godfather of modern architecture himself, Le Corbusier.
Le Corbusier was one of Bernard-Albin Gras’s most enthusiastic supporters. Championing the lamps as modern classics, he described them as a ‘type-objet’; an object reduced to its pure function. He used the lamps in his own offices, as well as in many of his most famous architectural projects all over the world.
Other well known avant-garde figures such as the designer and modernist architect, Robert Mallet-Stevens, the glamorous Art Deco furniture designer and interior decorator, Emile Jacques Ruhlmann, and the modernist artist and designer, Eileen Gray, adopted the Lampe Gras. Many important French artists such as Henri Matisse and the cubists Sonia Delaunay and Georges Braque also used these lamps in their studios.
Production of the Gras Lamps stopped at the outbreak of the Second World War, and only now, finally, after over a year of experimentation and careful study, Lampes Gras are once again being made, by hand, in France.
We are extremely excited to be the first store on the East Coast to carry the Lampes Gras. Below are the models we currently have in stock.
Get No.207 here.
Get No.205 (Black/Chrome) here.
Get No.205 (White) here.
Get No.205 (Chrome) here.
Get No.201 (Black/Chrome) here.
Get No.201 (Chrome) here.
No. 215 is not on our website so please call us if you are interested in this one.
If these lights sell out please call us at the store on 718 388 8642, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will special order one for you.