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André Cazenave (1928-2003)

André Cazenave is mainly known for his luminous sculptures edited by Atelier A. and Pierre Disderot in the 1960s and 1970s. Designed for both indoor and outdoor use: its pebbles (Dorra model), cubes, pyramids, corals, Greek inspired busts and so on. These lamps are all made of polyester or fiberglass coated with marble powder. And they have an aluminum base were the electric parts are attached.

Atelier A. 

In 1968, François Arnal opens Atelier A. in Paris, which produces objects created by artists (tables, lights).

Links (external links open in a new window)

Website Soka-Disderot

The village of Cachan on Wikipedia

François Arnal on Wikipedia (in French)

François Arnal on the “Encyclopédie audiovisuelle de l’art contemporain

Fiell, Charlotte; Fiell, Peter (2005). 1000 Lights: 1878-1959. Taschen. ISBN 978-3-8228-1606-6

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André Cazenave Floor Lamp

 

Materials: Resin or polyester, brass. Bakelite and plastic parts.

Height: 35 cm / 13.77”

Width: ∅ 33 cm / 12.99”

Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used. Not a specific one preferred.

Period: 1960s – Mid-Century modern.

Designer: André Cazenave (1928-2003).

Manufacturer: To be appraised, no label present. This lamp is in the Cazenave style. It is probably not his design.

Other versions: These lamps were made in many forms. The best known is the lamp in rock form “Dorra” from 1969. Exist also as a cube, a flame, a lying Apollo head, Adonis and Aphrodite, a pyramid, shells, a sponge, even a complete desk and many more. 

They were produced in France by Atelier Pierre Disderot in Cachan near Paris and Atelier A. in Paris, the workshop of artist François Arnal (1924-2012). 

Disderot

Pierre Disderot (1920-1991): Born out of the Arts Décoratifs and the Boulle school, Pierre Disderot created in 1947 his company “Atelier Pierre Disderot“. Initially installed at 19, rue de la Gare in Cachan, some 7 kilometers from Paris, Pierre Disderot was inspired by the creations of Scandinavian luminarists and discovered his way by becoming the inventor of contemporary decorative lighting.
The post-war period in France was a turning point: between 1945 and 1960, new ways of life were crystallized, an aspiration for practice. Very quickly the approach of Pierre Disderot fits into the demand of the moment. His industrial quality made him collaborate with his friends designers of the time who create, draw and bring to him lighting to be edited.
At the same time, he also realized prestigious affairs, such as the lighting of many halls of the ocean liner “Liberté”.

He worked together with designers as François Arnal, René Jean Caillette, André Cazenave,  J.M. chaudeurge, Jacques Dumont, Roger Fatus, Fermigier, Gauthier-Delaye, Max Garnault, Christophe Gevers, Pierre Guariche, P. Kamminga, Yonel Lebovici, Michel Mortier, Joseph André Motte, Olivier Mourgue, Pierre Paulin, Dominique Prevot, Marc Sadler, J. Reid, Alain Richard, André Stern, André Simard, Jorn Utzon and others, who imagine many projects to edit. Disderot’s light are part of the most avant-gardist pieces of their time.

Soka

In 1986 Soka and Atelier Pierre Disderot merge and become the Soka Disderot entity. A single catalog includes the models of the two companies.

Soka was a company Company created in 1952 by Jacques Chatain with a small catalog. In the mid-1960s, this catalog includes almost exclusively industrial fluorescent luminaires with plexiglass bowls called “ice breads”. Until the 1980s, these lights were widely used: with this type of product, Soka illuminated all the tobacco factories in France owned by SEITA (Gitannes, Gauloises) (SEITA is the former French state-owned tobacco monopoly. It merged in 1999 with its Spanish equivalent, Tabacalera, to form Altadis).

In November 1984, Soka took over the management of Atelier Pierre Disderot. It was in 1986 that the company Soka and Atelier Pierre Disderot merged and became the Soka-Disderot entity.

André Cazenave Floor Lamp - inside

André Cazenave Floor Lamp - switch and plug

André Cazenave Floor Lamp - back

André Cazenave Floor Lamp - bottom