Vitra's Petite Potence Lamp is a practical lamp that is fixed to the wall and can swing through 180 degrees. The reach of the arm is extended beyond what would usually be possible thanks to a simple tensile wire.
The Petite Potence Wall lamp was designed as a pivoting lamp for Jean Prouvé's Nancy home in 1947. It was then developed into the 2-metre Potence Lamp for the flat-pack house concept 'Maison Tropique' in 1950. Although the concept of the house was not successful, many of the individual elements like this lamp have become regarded as modern masterpieces. The fascination of this luminaire stems from the spareness of its materials and forms.
Petite Potence is essentially a puristic one metre long arm, cantilevered with a strong wall bracket and supporting tensile wire. On the end is an E27 screw which can take any bulb with this fitting type (3 Watt dimmable LED bulb supplied). The optional Abat-Jour Conique is the first lampshade designed for Potence by Prové in 1947 and is intended for use with the Potence and Petite Potence lamps. It is simply fitted over the light bulb and can be removed again when needed.