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    DesignFile 010: La Lampe Gras by Spence & Lyda displayed at designEX

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    Spence & Lyda will be showing the Lampe Gras series at this year’s designEX design exhibition. designEX will be held from 22 to 24 April 2010 at Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre.

    The Lampe Gras was created by a young French engineer named Bernard-Albin Gras in 1921. The lamp is a model of balance, elegance and transparency and has become an icon in the history of lighting.

    The series of lamps was originally developed for use in offices and industrial environments, and became equally popular in professional as well as residential applications.

    The Lampe Gras has a simple, robust and ergonomic design and has neither screws nor welded joints in the basic form. The original articulated lamp was truly ahead of its time and quickly became an object of desire for architects.

    At the outbreak of World War II the production of the Gras Lamps ceased and only now, after over a year of experimentation, are they once again being made by hand in France.

    The Lampe Gras has become a sought after collector’s item worldwide, most notably in France, the United States and in Japan.

    Bernard-Albin Gras’s talented and visionary design has proven to be timeless and Australian design aficionados are sure to embrace it with gusto.

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