Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Longing for an Edouard-Wilfred Buquet Lamp

Studio Bauhaus lamp from Neenas Lighting, was inspired by Edouard-Wilfred Buquet's 1927 Counterpoise task table lamp.

These lamps, inspired by Buquet's design are from Restoration Hardware and on sale! Hmm, should I?

This is an original Edouard-Wilfred Buquet Counterpoise table Lamp from the collection of Museum of Modern Art (MoMA.)

We must find replacement lamps for our bedroom at My Ranchburger. The one's we have were purchased years ago as temporary lamps. You know, just until we found the lamp of our dreams. Now one of those lamps has a transformer that is on the blitz. And the Edouard-Wilfred Buquet lamp is a lamp a modernist could lust after. But apparently no one sells a satisfactory reproduction; not even MoMA. A quick Internet search reveals that originals can be had for $4,000-$7,000 USD. This is quite out of my price range for a couple of lamps to put in the master bedroom. But they could look so cool on our grey Italian bed's credenza.

This will stir the ire of the purist but I had rather have a good reproduction with a halogen bulb. To my eye, a modern design does not look so chic if it's dented or tattered.

Sometimes one has to be content with longing. After all, it's not the lamp on my side of the bed that's blinking and fizzing; is it, Tall Husband?


  1. Found you through googling "buquet coutnerpoise lamp". Laughing because this is EXACTLY the conversation I'm having in my head this morning! Looking for bedside table lamps (we've got a R&B steel bed with clean Mission side tables), wanting to replace "temp" lamps that have hung around 5 years too long, loving the minimalist look with halogen bulb, pausing at the $1000 price tag for two bedside lamps, but also knowing that anything less will seem just that ...

    Last day of 20% off at RH + no payments for a year so I'm itching to hit buy. I want the two arm version for better direction of the light when one person's reading and the other is desperate for sleep.

    So, besides just sharing your pain ... I want to ask: Did you get it? Do you like it? Have you seen it in person? My DH is a minimalist and hates flimsy, lightweight lamps with a passion, so I'm thinking this will please.

  2. DH sounds like Tall Husband, who loved the RH lamp but not even the sale price x2. TH thought the lamp is well engineered.

  3. Look at http://www.buquet-lamp.de/

  4. Hello Frank,
    Thanks for the tip on the interesting site. I just had a look at it. And they are having a sale!

  5. Hahahahahah!

    My girlfriend found me the RH double-arm lamp for $50 at a discount store last year. The problem with it? Someone had assembled it wrong. Now.

  6. Anonymous,

    I'm so envious! What a great find. Thanks for dropping by anyway.


  7. Masters of Modernism have the wall lamp!! The back plate is slightly different than the originals. I am calling for a price and crossing my fingers!


  8. Hi, found you on googling bouquet lampe. take a look at www.chimera.kr they don't have a buquet but many interesting custom made lamps.

  9. Terrence
    Thanks you so much for the Chimera tip. I had not heard of them. Their lamps are so original and wonderful. I love that vintage industrial chic they do so well.


  10. I have a Buquet lamp in chrome, from RH. Mint condition. I could part with it if anyone is interested!


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  14. I work at RH and have coveted the knock-off of the Buquet counter poise desk lamps and the floor lamp! After admiring it for months and showing it to my clients over and over. I have to say, it is solid and offers great light - just where you want it.
    I've had Tizio's on my nightstands for years and finally they are getting to where the connection is loose. The Buquet is looking like the replacement.... $619 each. But keep a look out for those 20% sale ops. They come often!

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