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The Gras lamp, a timeless icon

The Gras lamp, a timeless icon

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Its metallic curves have already accompanied several generations of artists, architects, industrialists or anonymous. A true institution in the world of office lighting but also of the home, the Gras lamp ignores fashions and remains more fashionable than ever. Handy as well as aesthetic, it is now available as a wall lamp, floor lamp, pendant lamp and table lamp. Story of this little iron lady, who never ceases to seduce us…

An idea… bright

It was in 1921 that the young engineer Bernard-Albin Gras created a series of eponymous lamps, intended for use in industry and design offices. With variable geometry and easily adaptable according to individual needs, Gras lamps are able to illuminate in the most efficient way machine tools, drawing boards, offices, laboratories and even the operating room of the Ile-de-France liner. Ravel bought the patent in 1927. In the meantime, success has made its way: the Gras lamp seduces indeed with its ergonomics and the simplicity of its mechanics - neither screws nor welding - which gives it robustness foolproof. But it is up to Le Corbusier to have given it a special aura, seeing in it, in his own words, a "tool object", reduced to its pure functionality. The French architect uses Gras lamps in his home as in his agency. Following him, Robert Mallet-Stevens, Eileen Gray, Michel Roux-Spitz, Sonia Delaunay, Georges Braque and so many other avant-garde figures adopted her, helping to make her a legend.

Design and minimalism

A historic and major creation in the history of French design before the war, the Gras lamp was produced for more than half a century without much modification, an extremely rare occurrence for this type of production. After a few decades of oblivion, it now finds a second reputation with the young generation of architects, decorators and collectors, fascinated by this object with timeless design. Available in several versions (wall lamps, table lamps, spotlights, floor lamps, etc.), Gras lamps have the particularity of bearing numbers instead of names. Thus the "207" is equipped with a base with wooden base which originally intended it for the trades of chemistry. The Gras lamps catalog is now published by the very young French brand DCW, and includes 43 references. The wall lamp is the best-selling and most important product in the brand's collection: with a range made up of 12 models, it is one of the most important and most original on the lighting market.


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