Rispal Orange Pendant Lamp
Materials: Metal rings and an early (orange) folded/pleated plastic (Rhodoid/celluloid).
Cord Length: 60 cm / 23.62”
Height: 25 cm / 9.84”
Width: 33 cm / 12.99”
Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, but a white/opaque or frosted one is preferred.
Period: 1950s, 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: Jean G. Rispal.
Manufacturer: These lamps are always attributed to the Rispal company from Paris, France. But there were several manufacturers of this type of lamps.
Other versions: Many sizes and forms. Made in plastic, paper and fabric.
These fragile pendant lights are always used to restore the famous “mante-religieuse” praying mantis floor lamp designed and made by Rispal. These shades are very often damaged or lost. As you can see on the left these lamps were produced with several different lampshades.
Jean Rispal (1928?) is a French lamp designer. He is famous for his original creations and biomorphic forms.
Both designer and producer, Jean G. Rispal is a designer out of category. He was inspired by Scandinavian design, Hans Arp (Jean Arp) and Charles Eames for its organic forms, He uses tropical wood and walnut to draw fluid and graceful curves together with braided wire and folded paper. His creations have entered the history of international design, including its “mante-religieuse” praying mantis floor lamp today considered one of the finest creations of French luminaries from the 1950s.
The Rispal factory in Paris is long gone and the building is demolished.
Many other company’s copied his folded design.
Taschen 1000 lights, 1879-1959, page 418-419.
The Complete Designers Lights II, page 60.
Lamps the company produced before the 1950s
Famous floor lamps designed and made by Rispal