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HERE COMES THE SUN, BY BERTRAND BALAS


Bertrand Balas, a French architect born in 1935, created the lamp Here Comes the Sun in August 1969. It was released in 1970 and this ceiling lamp is still collected by many French lighting addicts.

At first sight, this round lamp looks like many other round lamps. But the Here Comes the Sun by Bertand Balas becomes magic when the light is on. Depending on your mood, you feel the sun rising, the sunlight or the moonlight.
With Bertrand Balas’s ceiling lamp the night becomes an expected time. Then the sweet night begins… We could have called it the sweet light. But the story of the name of this lamp is also so interesting. When it was released in 1970, Bertrand Balas wanted to call it Here Comes the Sun because of the Beatles song, but he declined, he thought that the Beatles would not let him do it.

Walking in the Eric Clapton’s garden in April 1969, George Harrison wrote Here comes the sun after the long cold winter, when the ice melts, you feel the treasure of sunlight… The song and the Balas’s ceiling lamp should have come together.

Come together…

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Bertrand Balas, a French architect born in 1935, created the lamp Here Comes the Sun in August 1969. It was released in 1970 and this ceiling lamp is still collected by many French lighting addicts.

At first sight, this round lamp looks like many other round lamps. But the Here Comes the Sun by Bertand Balas becomes magic when the light is on. Depending on your mood, you feel the sun rising, the sunlight or the moonlight.
With Bertrand Balas’s ceiling lamp the night becomes an expected time. Then the sweet night begins… We could have called it the sweet light. But the story of the name of this lamp is also so interesting. When it was released in 1970, Bertrand Balas wanted to call it Here Comes the Sun because of the Beatles song, but he declined, he thought that the Beatles would not let him do it.

Walking in the Eric Clapton’s garden in April 1969, George Harrison wrote Here comes the sun after the long cold winter, when the ice melts, you feel the treasure of sunlight… The song and the Balas’s ceiling lamp should have come together.

Come together…


THE STORY OF A YOUNG DESIGNER

An Interview With Bertrand Balas


« As a matter of fact, there isn’t much I can say; I started my professional life in 1962 as a free-lancer, after having done a few months as an apprentice in a workshop in Paris trying to get back into the work place after thirty six months of military service, partly in Algeria. I very quickly went back to Toulouse, as I did not enjoy life in Paris which did not agree with me for various reasons : the stress, the superficiality of relationships with people, the transport, finally a heap of things which made me find my city Toulouse with pleasure. I worked hard both with architects and decorators in the homes of rich business owners.

In ’65, during a trip with an important distributor of lighting material, I came into contact with the company Raak. It was then fundamental in launching my capabilities as a designer, since the director of this company had said that if we had (we were two architects) some project in this field he would be quite happy to work with us providing this came within the spirit of his company. During 2, 3 years this grew in my spirit and I started to plan some projects. I was anxious when I sent them, as young man under thirty, to Mr. Lockhorn, the company’s executive, who at my surprise accepted one! Wow!
I then actively started to bring various objects to the point, one of which the current “Here comes the sun” which was created in two diameters as well as three other models. Five of my objects were accepted. After this my work as an architect totally took over the time I had available and I no longer had the freedom of spirit to create in this field of design. Because one must have the spirit free of all usual constraints of an agency of architec- ture to permit it to gallop in spaces where it loses itself, to imagine shapes, volumes, colours and matters and most of all to allow oneself to derive in time, stretched time, without precise obligations, and to try to formalise something which, in this way, appears. Some times at one’s own surprise.

Then a long time afterwards, when on retirement, I had directed my life towards other activities, I was brutally woken up by a telephone call from Frédéric Winkler who was interested in what was due to become “Here Comes the Sun” and all of a sudden my career of creator of lighting objects started up again. For my very good luck. »

Bertrand Balas


« As a matter of fact, there isn’t much I can say; I started my professional life in 1962 as a free-lancer, after having done a few months as an apprentice in a workshop in Paris trying to get back into the work place after thirty six months of military service, partly in Algeria. I very quickly went back to Toulouse, as I did not enjoy life in Paris which did not agree with me for various reasons : the stress, the superficiality of relationships with people, the transport, finally a heap of things which made me find my city Toulouse with pleasure. I worked hard both with architects and decorators in the homes of rich business owners.

In ’65, during a trip with an important distributor of lighting material, I came into contact with the company Raak. It was then fundamental in launching my capabilities as a designer, since the director of this company had said that if we had (we were two architects) some project in this field he would be quite happy to work with us providing this came within the spirit of his company. During 2, 3 years this grew in my spirit and I started to plan some projects. I was anxious when I sent them, as young man under thirty, to Mr. Lockhorn, the company’s executive, who at my surprise accepted one! Wow!
I then actively started to bring various objects to the point, one of which the current “Here comes the sun” which was created in two diameters as well as three other models. Five of my objects were accepted. After this my work as an architect totally took over the time I had available and I no longer had the freedom of spirit to create in this field of design. Because one must have the spirit free of all usual constraints of an agency of architec- ture to permit it to gallop in spaces where it loses itself, to imagine shapes, volumes, colours and matters and most of all to allow oneself to derive in time, stretched time, without precise obligations, and to try to formalise something which, in this way, appears. Some times at one’s own surprise.

Then a long time afterwards, when on retirement, I had directed my life towards other activities, I was brutally woken up by a telephone call from Frédéric Winkler who was interested in what was due to become “Here Comes the Sun” and all of a sudden my career of creator of lighting objects started up again. For my very good luck. »

FINISHES


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here comes the sun lamp black copper

BL-COP

Black satin &
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here comes the sun lamp black white

BL-WH

Black satin &
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here comes the sun lamp white copper

WH-COP

White mat &
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here comes the sun lamp white white

WH-WH

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White inside

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NEWS


Here Comes the Sun at the Maison de l'Amérique Latine

DCW éditions collaborated with the highly talented artist Pablo Reinoso on this amazing project for the newly refurbished and prestigious institution that is the Maison de l'Amérique Latine in Paris. Pablo Reinoso designed a customized floor lamp version of the lamp Here Comes the Sun, imagined as fruits pending on fantasised trees. Five monumental clusters of Here Comes the Sun lamps are hanged in the different rooms and add a bit of magy to the magnificent place, dressed by the colours of Pierre Bonnefille.



Crédits photos : Charly Hel

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