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Iconic Georges Pelletier TOTEM Floor Lamp in White Enameled Ceramic



Iconic Georges Pelletier TOTEM in enameled ceramic, floor lamp bringing to your space an amazing light experience when the night falls, and a stunning sculptural presence during the day. Approximate dimensions height 150 cm Georges Pelletier (1938) is a great contemporary artist exploring the fields of ceramics and lighting since the 1950s. Born in Brusels in 1938. At the tender age of 12 he enrolls in the École du Pioulier, founded by Célestin Freinet and located in Vence in the South of France. Here he learns free and modern art and discovers drawing and ceramics. During this period Pelletier starts showing solidarity and relief based on the principle of equality. This formation lends him a unique artistic identity. Georges Pelletier arrives to Paris in 1953 and continues with his drawing studies at l’Académie Charpentier meanwhile he still frequents Fernand Léger’s workshop. He enrolls the school of Métiers d’Art in 1955. Pelletier deepens into the world of ceramics during his time at Claude Pantzer’s workshop and the Potiers d’Accolay where he meets Raphael Giarusso with whom he will later share a work studio for over a year. “Drawing is the starting point of everything. I started design at the same time as ceramics at l’école Freinet. It’s an art that has allowed me to address my creations.” Pelletier opens his first studio in Paris in 1961. He is quickly signed up by Maison Bobois (now known as Roche Bobois), which spread and sold his light creations until 1973. Later on, Pelletier moves to Cannes where he continues his work on the conception of ceramic items, lamps, mirrors and other sculptures inspired in the 1960s. Besides, he also displays his work in the Consortium, Dijon Contemporary Art Centre in France. In the 1980s, he started to produce his famous Totems and Suns, these pieces has allowed the rediscovery of this bold artist whose creative genius brings light to the world’s most beautiful homes. The work of Georges Pelletier is presented by Galeria Tambien, a gallery that focuses on art, ceramics and design from the 1950s to present days, it is located in the town of Santa Gertrudis de Fruitera right in the middle of Ibiza island.


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    Height: 59.06 in. (150 cm)Diameter: 7.88 in. (20 cm)
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  • Estimated Production Time
    20-21 weeks
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    Santa Gertrudis, ES
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    1stDibs: LU4513121953532

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About the Design

Totem Floor Lamp

Designed by Georges Pelletier
Fans of Accolay, the distinctive pottery style created by apprentices of ceramicist Alexandre Kostanda in central France, will notice a certain familiarity in some of the lighting of Georges Pelletier (b. 1938), the Totem floor lamp included. Pelletier, born in Brussels, earned his formal education at the École Nationale Supérieure d’Arts et Métiers in Paris (now called Arts et Métiers ParisTech), but before that, he began his training in ceramics at the Pioulier School in Vence, France, where he became fascinated with the pottery of Accolay. This would be only the beginning of Pelletier’s creative education, though — artist Fernand Léger and ceramist Raphaël Giarrusso were also among Pelletier’s early instructors. By 1961, he had set up his own studio in Paris, where he translated these various influences into a style that incorporates elements of geometric symbolism and complex ceramic technique. The Totem floor lamp was produced around the same time as Pelletier’s Owl table lamp, in the early 1970s, just as the artist moved to Cannes, where he continues to live and work. With its tall column shape and intricate detail, the Totem channels the spiritual object of the Ojibwe tribe for which it is named. The Totem is unglazed, which gives it a rough-hewn look and celebrates the natural materiality of the clay from which it is made. This, coupled with the display of carvings and repetitive nature of the stacked drums that make up its height, gives it the appearance of a repeated artistic study. When lit, its carvings are illuminated from behind, suggesting celestial objects, and Pelletier’s Totem floor lamp casts enticing shadows on the floor and walls around it.
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