Venus fly trap or mid century modern floor lamp. Maybe a little of both. This might resemble the ominous carnivorous eating plant with it’s two reflecting shades ready to close on it’s innocent prey. But this floor lamp was inspired by the iconic work of Pierre Guariche. If you quickly notice the unique form and shape of this mid century lamp you’ll understand the workings of Guariche. Not just another mid century designer. He had higher ambitions.
Mid Century Modern Floor Lamp
Pierre Guariche was a French designer, interior decorator and architect. He excelled at all three, including an innovative furniture designer, but is best known for his residential lighting designs for the Pierre Disderot company in the 1950’s. The 1950’s was a period of time when manufacturing goods at high volume and low prices exploded. Guariche looked for ways to mass produce a modern, straight forward and economical alternative to the opulence of traditional French designs. He wanted to bring form and style to the middle class at an affordable price. He experimented and designed hanging lights, table lamps and floor lamps. This mid century modern floor lamp is probably the best example of his design principles. He believed in a counter balance to give harmony to the form of his designs. He believed they should be elegant yet functional. He designed this floor lamp to emphasize the aspect of balance with this narrow tripod stand holding an oversized reflecting shade that was juxtaposed to the smaller shade holding the bulb. A floor lamp or a sculpture. I think it’s both. And try to avoid the venus fly trap whenever possible.