Sammode is reissuing luminaires from the 1950s by designers Pierre Guariche and Michel Mortier as part of a timeless lamp collection.
Sammode is extending its range by reissuing designer luminaires. This is a kind of homecoming for Sammode, became before it became known as an expert in tubular luminaires, the family firm lit up living rooms in people’s homes. Check out the reissued designer luminaires, a comeback for the Pierre Guariche and Michel Mortier ranges.
Trends come and go, but designer models stand the test of time. These iconic designer lamps are timeless must-haves. For this reissue, Sammode is working on the basis that luminaires are collector items, part of a heritage that has survived passing fads and eras. Industrial design gained in popularity in the 1950s, just after the end of the war. Designers were targeting functional models influenced by the Bauhaus movement, but with a modern twist. Pierre Guariche and Michel Mortier were part of the “form follows function” designer trend and opted for a utilitarian approach rather than a decorative feel.
Whether as part of the Atelier de recherche plastique (ARP) association with Joseph-André Motte, or each operating independently, Pierre Guariche and Michel Mortier marked the history of French furniture. Misleadingly referred to as vintage models, the creations of these pioneers are actually timeless lamps with a perennial industrial design. The true power of a designer object is primarily its function as a light and its ability to stand the test of time. Why did we decide to bring back luminaires designed in the 1950s? To pay homage to two big names that have been forgotten over time, but which deserve to be remembered in today’s modern designer world. And to breathe new life into these timeless models which are totally aligned with Sammode’s industrial history.
Sammode has been a lighting expert since 1927 and is one of the last surviving French designers and manufacturers. Even now, all of our products are exclusively manufactured at our plant in the Vosges. Our unique expertise and the attention we pay to detail are part of our family firm’s brand heritage. Reissuing the Pierre Guariche and Michel Mortier luminaires fits perfectly with our drive to maintain and perpetuate French designer trends. Sammode has invested its industrial expertise, and particularly its metalwork skills, in remaining faithful to the original design of these iconic luminaires. Reissued lamps, made in France, right down to the last detail.
The Sammode x Pierre Guariche collection comprises a full range of luminaires, or a complete family to be more precise and respect the term used by the original designer. Ranging from the bold light fitting with a strong identity to the more discreet wall light subtly flattering the architecture. Each family includes several types of model: floor lamps, desk lamps, ceiling lights, wall lights and suspended light fittings. Whether you prefer round (G50) or square (G61) geometric shapes or a poetic touch (G25, G30), Pierre Guariche combines a range of innovative technical features with a radical finish. Boasting sleek lines and ideal quality lighting, every little detail is painstakingly considered.
When models make a comeback, reissues make good sense. Our Pierre Guariche luminaires and the M3 by Michel Mortier have successfully risen to the ambitious challenge of integrating the latest technologies without spoiling the original 1950s designs. Some models come with an LED lighting system or a dimmer function. Others are equipped with dimmable bulbs controlled by Casambi technology for Bluetooth remote control options. These two designers sought to create a great-looking functional luminaire integrating new technology, and Sammode has successfully updated the technical aspects of their models to meet current standards while staying faithful to these original values.
Pierre Guariche (1926-1995) was a leading interior designer and architect in the 1950s. The son of Parisian silversmiths, he graduated from the École nationale supérieure des arts décoratifs de Paris (higher school of decorative arts) in 1949. He started his career with Marcel Gascoin before opening his own agency in 1951. This start snowballed into a successful career as a French and international designer. His calling card: the design of functional luminaires and furniture with sleek lines and an affordable price tag. All his luminaires are identified with a G and a number, and reveal the detailed and precise study of light reflections. Through a play on folds, metal sheets and perforations, Pierre Guariche shapes the light to create a diffuse and pleasant lighting atmosphere.
Michel Mortier (1925-2015), a pioneering modern designer, worked in partnership with Pierre Guariche as part of the Atelier de Recherche Plastique (ARP) association. When he graduated from the École nationale supérieure des arts appliqués de Paris (national higher school of applied arts), design was not his only skill. He could also boast expertise in interior architecture, artistic production, graphics, journalism and teaching. Michel Mortier specifically targeted sleek lines. The M3 table lamp was designed in 1952 and provides an excellent example of his focus on functionality. While the design may at first appear ordinary, this lamp is actually an ingenious model with multiple uses. Add a simple hook to the elegant arched tube and it can be wall-mounted. M for Multiple, M for Modernistic, M for Mortier...
For more than 90 years, Sammode and Hoffmeister have set great store by design and innovation. The design of our luminaires gives them a unique status in the world of architecture. When you choose our luminaires, you opt for lighting with authentic and lasting design values.
Our high-quality components guarantee exceptional performance in terms of both lighting efficiency and service life. Our integrated optical systems ensure office spaces are always well lit, without glare. All this makes our luminaires some of the most efficient, comfortable and long-lasting on the market.
We can boast real industrial strengths, and manufacture all our luminaires in France and Germany, with excellence as our constant objective. Durability is our core value, which is why we design and manufacture reliable, repairable and upgradable solutions.
Dimensions, installation systems, colour options for finishes, optical accessories... there are so many customisation options open to you. As designers and manufacturers, based exclusively in France and Germany, we can adapt our luminaires to your projects and offer bespoke solutions just for you.