The Papillon Large Pendant, which was designed by Élise Fouin for French manufacturer Forestier, is a luminous take on the wafting butterfly. Fouin envisioned the design while visiting a lampshade factory, though she chose not to hide its illumination with a traditional translucent shade, leaving the light unmasked by enveloping it in wire. The shades are tiered in three shapes and then twisted to be reminiscent of a butterfly flapping its beautiful wings. The Papillon comes in the single colors black, blue/gray, champagne, pink copper, metallic taupe and white; and in a color combination of green, blue gray and white. It is also available in a small version.
- Product Name
- Papillon Large Pendant
- Black, White or Clear
- Cord Length
- 6 Feet
- Light Source
E26 Globe1 x 10 Watt
E26 Globe1 x 15 Watt
- cUL Certified
Download product specification sheet for a full list of available size and lamping options
- Forestier Papillon Black
- Forestier Papillon Blue Gray
- Forestier Papillon Green, Blue Gray, White
- Forestier Papillon White
- Forestier Papillon Pink Copper
- Forestier Papillon Metallic Taupe
- Forestier Papillon Champagne
Élise Fouin, born in 1979, is an industrial designer who lives and works in Paris. For the past decade, she has focused her attention on experimental research as she has investigated the building blocks for her products, her penchant for upcycled or repurposed materials a driving passion that fuels her commitment to sustainable designs.
She describes her work as being “based on the link between the behavior of materials and processes of manufacturing.” She is highly recognized for the delicacy of the designs she produces, her sensitive and poetic creations testaments of an inquiring and ingenious mind. The Forestier Papillon pendants in the Global Lighting Stratos Collection illustrate this point of view beautifully.
The graduate of École Boule admits her work often arouses surprise in her as she envisions industrial products, furniture, lighting and interiors. What’s surprising to everyone else is that she thinks about the materials before the objects she intends to design. Given her drive toward object-as-poetry, it is natural that she would love to play with the feel of materials, manipulating them with subtlety as she rolls, piles, adjusts, wraps, polishes and varnishes until she sees the object being born.
Her involvement in the process of transformation—making sure that each piece is unique and its form never bears the same details—means she is always pushing to the next level of experimentation within the caveat that form and function must be equally at home in her designs. She was named "Talent à la carte" at the Maison & Objet show in 2010, and she has exhibited at the ToolsGalerie and at the Granville Gallery. She is solidly in the game as a young designer, producing products and projects for a list of noted luxury brands.