Vitra’s Petite Potence wall lamp was designed by Jean Prouvé in 1947. Prouvé designed the first Potence lamp for his own home in Nancy, France, and its refined functionalism has since found its place in various uses in homes and public environments.

Potence is regarded as one of the most puristic works by Prouvé: it consists of a light bulb and a pivoting steel bar held by a steel wire. The steel bar has a length of over one metre, and the included LED bulb is dimmable. Petite Potence catches the eye with its timeless, minimalist appearance, and also makes a great alternative to hanging pendant lights.


Petite Potence wall lamp, black



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Powder-coated tubular steel, oak wood
Deep black
104 cm
3,5 cm
30 cm
Light source
Dimmable LED bulb included.
Cable colour
Cable material
Yes (cord dimmer)

Jean Prouvé

Jean Prouvé (1909–1984) was a French metal artisan, engineer and self-taught architect and designer, who had a great influence on European post-war design and design philosophy. Social conscience and easy accessibility were essential starting points for Prouvé’s designs, which were often based on prefabricated housing, modular systems and mass-production. 

Prouvé opened his own workshop in Nancy, France in 1924, and later expanded it into a furniture factory. Prouvé’s designs were widely used in French public institutes, and his prefabricated houses known as 'Maison Tropicale' were also sent to French colonies in Africa in mid-twentieth century. His background as a metal worker and engineer characterizes his best known designs, such as the Standard chair and Em table currently produced by Vitra.

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