The Lampes Gras OUTDOOR SEASIDE range made in 316 Stainless steel is a very special collection.
These lights don’t light up a wall, but are used to create a living area – like for example when they are placed over an outdoor table – and in the process go to create a natural extension to the interior. The proportions of the Lampes Gras XL are scaled for outdoor use, in keeping with the facades on which they are placed. Elegant without being arrogant, neither too large nor too small relative to the doors, windows and bay windows against which they are seen, the Lampes Gras XL Outdoor are practically invisible in daylight, coming into their own at night when they create a warm and welcoming glow.
In 1921 Bernard-Albin GRAS designed a series of lamps for use in offices and in industrial environments. The GRAS lamp, as it was subsequently called, was astounding in its simple, robust and yet very ergonomic design. There are neither screws nor welded joints in the basic form. In 1927 the Ravel company purchased the patent and started production of the GRAS lamps.
Bernard-Albin Gras was one of the most innovative designer of the 20th century. The functional esthetic of his lamps and especially the design of details such as those of the arms, stems, brackets and bases were truly original and far ahead of his time. Early on Le Corbusier was seduced by the modern design and user-friendliness of the lamps and became one of Bernard-Albin GRAS’s most enthusiastic supporters using the lamps in his own offices as well as employing them in numerous architectural projects all over the world.
Others such as Robert Mallet-Stevens, Jacques Emile Ruhlmann and Eileen Gray followed this trend as well. Furthermore, such well-known artists as Sonia Delaunay and Georges Braque also used these lamps in their studios. For the first time in history, a lamp was equally popular in professional as well as in residential applications. Bernard-Albin Gras’ talented and visionary design has proven to be timeless.