The Italian lighting brand Nemo has reintroduced this extremely reduced, wall-mounted lamp originally designed by the acclaimed Parisian designer Charlotte Perriand in 1938. Composed of two plain, matt black metal tubes and equally simple, frosted white glass diffuser, ‘Potence Pivotante’ has been presented at this year’s Salone del Mobile and is ‘the result of a meticulous rediscovery conducted in close collaboration with M.me Pernette Perriand-Barsac, the daughter and sole heir of Charlotte Perriand.’
More about the design:
‘A long arm stretches upwards, parallel to the wall, then bends at a right angle and runs along the ceiling, culminating in a large luminous bulb. ‘Potence Pivotante’ proves that such simple materials as tubular metal and frosted white glass can define a lamp that is as essential as it is charming and timeless, thanks to the ingenuity of an exceptional talent: Charlotte Perriand.
‘Being hinged at the base, the lamp may be positioned at will anywhere along the circular path that its arm can complete on the ceiling. This solution was adopted by the architect to optimize the efficiency of the lamp, expressly designed in the Forties for flexibly illuminating her small Parisian apartment.’