The Jieldé Lamp - A French Industrial Icon June 04 2013
New in stock is this beautiful Jieldé 4 arm floor lamp.
These classic industrial lamps were created by the French engineer Jean-Louis Domecq in the late 1940s. Tired of searching for a lamp to equip the machines in his workshop Jean-Louis decided to create a "simple and robust articulated lamp" that could perform well under heavy duty circumstances.
The lamps were first produced in France in the early 50's and in 1953, Jean-Louis created a company dedicated to the marketing of the lamps whose name was formed from his initials : Ji eL Dé (pronounced in French).
The unique feature of these lamps (which set the industrial standard for all task lighting) lies in the joints. Usually wires are used in lamps with a zigzag formation such as these, however this can cause friction in the joints and can lead to breakage, which can be dangerous. In 1950 Jean-Louis Domecq designed a safe reliable alternative of placing copper plates between the joints to conduct the electricity, thus preventing the wire from breaking.
The Jieldé lamps became a favourite in many workshops and factories, and have since found their way into the home as well. Jieldé now produces various versions, including floor lamps, wall mounted fixtures and reading lights, the difference in each being the number of rods that are used.
Today the Jieldé lamp has become a famous icon of French industrial art.