The Potence Wall Light was designed as a pivoting lamp for Jean Prouvé's flat-pack house concept 'Maison Tropique' in 1950. Although the concept of the house was not successful, many of the individual elements like this lamp have become regarded as modern masterpieces. The fascination of this luminaire stems from the spareness of its materials and forms.
Potence is essentially a puristic two metre long arm, cantilevered with a strong wall bracket and supporting tensile wire. On the end is an E27 screw which can take any bulb with this fitting (3 Watt LED bulb supplied). With such a long movement the Potence can serve as both a sofa-side reading light or a general illuminator when swung into the centre of a room.
The light is finished in the originally conceived black and ecru gloss paint and features a turned beech handle and dimmer on the wire. The optional Abat-Jour Conique is the first lampshade designed for Potence by Prové in 1947 and is intended for use with the Potence and Petite Potence lamps. It is simply fitted over the light bulb and can be removed again when needed.