20th CENTURY AVANT – GARDE Founded in 1924 , the Parisian company , publishes and manufactures rather traditional lighting. A turning point began in the early 1950s, when François Rispal - son of the founder - imagined avant-garde creations, inspired by Scandinavian design, and especially developed the Mante Religieuse, a true icon of this era. After years of thriving , Rispal closes its doors in 1982, without keeping any archive or trace of its creative process.
REWRITING ICONIC FORMS Douglas Mont, a lighting designer, Rispal collector, and true enthusiast of the brand, wanted to revive those emblematic creations of the golden age of French furniture. Years of research, meetings, and experiments eventually convinced him to re-launch the iconic brand with the help of Clément Bergès and Georgette Rispal ( daughter of the company founder). Douglas Mont draws from the catalog "Formes Nouvelles" to recreate the most emblematic creations of the brand.
AN ECO-RESPONSIBLE APPROACH In order to regain the original effect, Douglas Mont reinvents the techniques and tools used in the manufacture of the spherical and emblematic pleated lampshade of the «Praying Mantis», made of cellulose acetate. This «bioplastic» is created from wood pulp, a renewable raw material and does not use oil in its manufacture. The process of molding these shades, unique and secret, lost over time, provides a second life and perpetuates an eco-responsible production. Handmade in France, each Rispal lamp is unique and accompanied by its certificate of authenticity.