Jieldé “La Standard” Work Lamp
Materials: Round white/vanilla painted metal (iron) base/wall mount/table mount. 2 metal rods and 3 joints. Round lampshade with a handle, all painted white. Bakelite socket.
Max Height: 120 cm / 47.24”
Lampshade: ∅ 20 cm / 7.87”
Base: ∅ 9 cm / 3.54”
Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 40 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1950s , 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: Jean-Louis Domecq (1920 – 1983).
Manufacturer: Jieldé, Lyon, France.
Other versions: The Jieldé La Standard work lamp was made in several versions and colours. It can be used as a desk, workbench or wall lamp. Today, most of the time they are screwed on a round metal or wooden base.
Jean-Louis Domecq, a craftsman and workshop manager, noticed in the 1940s that he needed a light adapted to the activities of his profession. Annoyance was the inspiration for Jean Louis Domecq to develop this work lamp. He had enough of always repairing the hinge lamps in his workshop. The electricity wire was a constant problem and prevented the lamp from turning completely.
He begins to imagine and draw a simple articulated arm lamp, robust and devoid of wires in the joints. In 1950, the project is concretized through a finalized design of the lamp.
Its electrical connection is made possible by copper contacts. Which allows a rotation up to the mechanical limit of each joint. The lamp can be expanded with different arms, but can also be shortened, whereby the cap is screwed directly to the base with a hinge joint.
Industrial production began in 1951. Two years later, in 1953 Jean-Louis Domecq founded his company Jieldé. The name Jieldé finds its explanation in the initials of Jean-Louis Domecq.
After his death in 1983, his daughter Marie-Françoise Domecq continues his path. The work lamp will nevertheless see its use be diverted and redesigned. From simple utility, it becomes an object of decoration of industrial style and is renamed La Loft in 1987.
In 2002, Jieldé was sold to Philippe Belier. In 2003, the La Signal lamp was born, a kind of La Loft in reduced format. The Jieldé company still exists. The assortment has been expanded considerably and the lamps are still very popular.
Lamps in the movies!
A big Jieldé “floor” lamp was used as prop in the Stella Blómkvist (Iceland) crime, drama, thriller TV mini-series from 2017. Starring Heida Reed as Stella. Also a Verner Panton Panthella floor lamp was used as a prop. You can find it over here on Vintageinfo.
Several Jieldé work lamps were used as a prop in the French drama thriller 36 Quai des Orfèvres (36th Precinct) from 2004. Starring Daniel Auteuil and Gérard Depardieu.
Many thanks to Lluís from Eclectique Vintage for the photos and the enthusiasm. And many thanks to Lou Deprijck for permission to use his photo.