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Michel Mortier

Lamp M3

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Previously exhibited at Basel 2022.

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It is one of the very first luminaries of Michel Mortier that he conceived in 1951 at the same time as those of Pierre Guariche for the catalog ARHEC of Marcel Gascoin. Initially conceived as a wall lamp, the shell-shaped reflector is oriented around two brass legs fixed to the wall. It is thereafter that Mortier invents this magnificent base of intelligence, effectiveness, and simplicity. The simple movement of the rod on the floor gives it its stability and its ability to hang on the wall. This ingenious double function is typical of the research of the young designers of this time. The elegance of this piece comes largely from its simplicity, the rigor of its design and the proportion of the reflector in relation to the structure, but also from the great sensitivity, not to say sensuality, that emanates from the curves of this sinuous rod and its reflector.

Today, this lamp has become difficult to access and is non-existent on the market. Although it was designed for the general public, it has now become a collector’s item. In 1951, this lacquered metal object must have seemed very poor, very simple and very industrial for it to have sold so little when today only a few privileged collectors can boast of having had it in their hands!


Style: French Mid-Century.

Michel Mortier


Michel Mortier initially wanted to be an architect and studied under René Gabriel, Etienne Henri Martin and Louis Sognot at the Institut des Arts Appliqués. In 1944, Mortier was taken on by Etienne Henri Martin at the Studium des Magasins du Louvre. Head of Marcel Gascoin's design office from 1949 to 1953, he became a member of the ARP (1954 to 1957) and then took took over the creative direction of the boutique La Maison Français 55. He designed many models of chairs for Steiner and lights for Disderot and Verre Lumière before opening his own agency "Habitation Esthétique Industrielle Mobilier" in 1959. In the 1970s, he received his architect's degree from the Regional Council of Ile de France and designed several beautiful homes. He also taught at the Ecole Camondo and ENSAD.

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    Brass, Lacquer, Metal

  • Dimension/

    29.0 x 33.0 x 31.0 cm (11.4 x 13.0 x 12.2 in)

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