Cedrick and Sunny fell in love with the Potence lamp by Jean Prouvé after seeing it in a few homes featured in design magazines. “It’s an innovative and bold way to bring light towards the center of a room when there is no built-in, hardwired ceiling fixture.” says Cedrick. With some time and help from professionals, you, too, can build a replica of this 1950s puristic pivoting wall lamp.
I started with a sketch and photos of the original lamp along with specs downloaded from the internet. Without welding skills, I had to determine a way to execute the look of the lamp using simpler construction methods.
The 1/2” crew pipe was sourced and purchased directly from Metal Supermarkets, where they cut it to the desired length needed.
After securing the tubing I was able to source a small shop, Bendfab Pipe and Tube in Mississauga, with the necessary equipment and willingness to do a “one-off” based on specs. As the design was relatively simple (3 bends), they agreed to take it on.
The electrical light components were purchased from The Color Cord Company out of Colorado and had to be dismantled and threaded through the bent tubing.
The solid teak wood wall mount for the lamp was upcycled from another vintage wall-mounted lamp but the lamp could just as easily been mounted to the wall using 2 U-shaped cushioned pipe clamps.