Pierre Soulié Table Lamp
Materials: Chromed metal (iron) ring base, rods & parts. Adjustable chrome globe lampshade in a chrome ring with a chrome sphere counterweight. White painted Bakelite E27 socket.
Height: 67 cm / 26.37” – adjustable
Width: 44 cm / 17.32”
Base: 33 cm / 12.99”
Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 100 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: Pierre Soulié in 1970.
Manufacturer: Verre Lumière, Paris, France.
Other versions: This Pierre Soulié table lamp was made in one version. It is model 10432.
Little can be found about the designer Pierre Soulié, unfortunately. Several Pierre Soulié’s exists in France. One Pierre lived from 1941 until 2021 (born in Arvieu, passed away in Figeac), another one lived from 1923 until 2011 (born in Paris, passed away in La Ciotat) and the third one lived from 1927 until 2006 (lived in Cornebarrieu Mauvezin). But on Artprice they say: 1927 – 2014. In all probability it is one of those.
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Verre Lumière was founded in 1968 by Maurice Max-Ingrand, better known as Max Ingrand (1908 – 1969), the famous designer and former artistic director of FontanaArte from 1954 until 1967, together with the French lighting company Mazda and the glass makers of Saint-Gobain (La Défense, Paris). Max Ingrand died unexpectedly from influenza in Paris in 1969.
The company was led by Jacques Vidal. Ben Swildens, well known for his egg lamp he designed for FontanaArte became artistic director and Sabine Charoy was head of the creative studio.
Verre Lumière distributed its lighting from its flagship store on 190, Rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré in Paris a prime location in the city. Verre Lumière also sold lamps from FontanaArte.
Designers that worked for the company, are Sabine Charoy, Ben Swildens, Christian Germanaz, Michel Boyer, Pierre Paulin, Jean Pierre Vitrac, Michel Mortier, Joseph André Motte, Etienne Fermigier, Kim Moltzer and Jean-Paul Barray, Yonel Lebovici and of course Pierre Soulié.
An exhibition was held with all the most important lamps from the company from March 8 to April 28, 2018 by La Galerie Meubles et Lumières. More info on their website.