That Lamp You Had in College? It’s Now a Luxury Item

March 20, 2015 10:33 PM

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That Lamp You Had in College? It’s Now a Luxury Item

WHAT: Bronze floor lamps made by artist and designer Philippe Anthonioz for high-end brand Ralph Pucci. At about 6 feet tall, his L136 model bears a family resemblance to that college-furniture staple, the torchière halogen lamp, but its sinewy metal form and rough, heavily worked surface brings to mind the work of 20th-century masters Alberto Giacometti and his brother Diego. The latter was one of Mr. Anthonioz’s mentors in the early 1980s.

WHO: Born and based in Paris, Mr. Anthonioz began making sculpture when he was 14, then trained as a carpenter. “My father was friends with Le Corbusier, and I dreamed of being an architect,” he said. “But Paris in the 1970s was a difficult time and I wanted to be independent quickly.” After a stint...

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