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the Praying Mantis / 14.950 - Lamps

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Designed in 1950 by François Rispal , this timeless piece of design is as iconic as representative of the golden age of French design.
The shade of the praying Mantis is made from pleated cellulose acetate, the original material wich was originally used.
The technique used for shaping this lampshade is a unique process developed by the Rispal house in the fifties.
Entirely made by hand in our workshops in France , each Rispal lighting is numbered and comes with its own certificate of authenticity.

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iconic French lighting

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.

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

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.