DCW Éditions is a producer of objects. The objects whose roots are in the past, whose use is in the present and whose vision is for the future,
all of which have three things in common. They are well conceived, well designed and well made.
DCW’s production is the epitome of the object as a companion to living well, an object that is designed to last and act as a relay baton between generations. But nostalgia for the past is not what drives DCW Editions. All that matters is to produce object that are true, honest and will stand the test of time. The various collections are in permanent dialogue with each other, testament to DCW Editions’ commitment to producing timeless objects that never give in to fashion.
DCW began by producing the work of the inventor Bernard-Albin Gras and the Gras lamp, the starting point for modern lighting, and the 20th Century’s first articulated lamp, much lauded at the time by Le Corbusier. Afterwards, the French company produced Julien Porché’s Surpil chair, which is a study in elegance.
In 2013, DCW brought out Bernard Schottlander’s Mantis lamps; mobile sculptures created in 1951 in homage to Alexander Calder and emblematic of the 1950’s. In 2014, the company released the Lampe Gras Outdoor XL collection. The Acrobates de Gras and the Mobilier de Gras were launched in 2015.
A fortunate meeting with Bertrand Balas allowed DCW to reproduce his hanging lamp Here Comes the Sun from 1970. A true original, like so many hanging lamps but when lit it takes on a magical aura.
In 2015, the architect Dominique Perrault and the designer Gaëlle Lauriot-Prévost came together to create In The Tube, which is a high performance range of tubes that look like they could be parts for a gadget straight out of a James Bond movie or a Jules Verne spaceship.
The range of Lampe Gras’ continues to grow, with the launch of the Lampe Gras Double collection and of the Acrobates de Gras, a collection designed to evoke the delights of the circus. Lampe Gras Outdoor is now manufactured in stainless steel 316 (instead of 304) and has become Outdoor Seaside.
In 2017, DCW launched the ISP Lamp designed by Ilia Potemine. Barely 30 years old, Ilia is an inventor, an engineer, an artist. The lamp’s design is firmly rooted in the past but the conception is unstintingly contemporary.
In 2018, DCW presented the Biny series by Jacques Biny, the atmosphérique collection from In The Sun, the new In The Tube 360° tubes with their flaps and wings designed by Dominique Perrault and Gaëlle Lauriot-Prévost and the New Collection by Éric de Dormael.
LOST IN SPACE
ISP is designed by Ilia Sergeevich Potemine for DCW. No bulbs. Certainly no switches. Mechanics, machined, electrical contacts, LEDs. The ISP’s technical aspects occupied an engineer full time for 18 months.
Hoods are usually for hiding engines. The hood of the ISP is a fuselage. Like a piece of kryptonite-light you remove with your bare hands from its brass sheath, before revolving it a full 360° and then encapsulating it once again when it is no longer needed. None before Potemine has pushed lighting to such extremes. The simplest of movements and a science fiction dream have become a palpable reality. The gesture takes on a physical and mystical reality; like a 21st Century flint sitting on a marble ramp the ISP lamp takes on the aura of a spatial beam.