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Jean Perzel

Jean Perzel (1892-1986) was a French lighting designer known for his Art Deco lamps, sconces and hanging lights. Born in Bavaria, Germany, he moved to Paris to work as a glassmaker and serve in the Foreign Legion. Perzel established his lighting company in 1923, quickly earning a reputation for the best in modern light fixtures. During his career, he was commissioned to create original pieces for world leaders including Charles de Gaulle, Georges Pompidou and the King of Belgium. Perzel's Torchiere Floor Lamp, originally created for the Normandie ocean liner in the 30s, was reintroduced sixty years later and still remains relevant. Its crafted metal, slender silhouette and polished chrome finish make for a classic Art Deco look. Ceiling fixtures and sconces from this brand often featured brass with elegant frosted or textured glass accents; shades could also be worked in alabaster. Though his focus was glass, lighting and illumination, Perzel also crafted tables, ottomans and other furnishings. His Ribbed Lounge Chair and Ottoman, for example, mix brass, sycamore wood and upholstery in a creamy textured stripe pattern. Today, the Perzel atelier and manufacturing shops are located in Paris. The company was awarded Living Heritage status from the French Ministry of Culture in 2008 and its legacy remains strong to this day.