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Vintage Parisian street lighting – the origins of our best-selling Parisian globe pendant

Inspired by vintage Holophane streetlights used in Paris in the mid-century, our Parisian globe pendants offer enduring style and exceptional quality that have seen them make the top of our best-seller list time and time again.

Holophane or actually “Europhane” is the French street light manufacturer who originally supplied the design for lamp posts across France in the 1950’s – 70’s. Pure White Lines first started selling these vintage Parisian streetlights in 2014 after they were decommissioned in cities such as Lille, Lyon, Montpellier, Bezier, and of course Paris which they are synonymous with.

Sourcing them on one of our many French buying trips became a regular occurrence and we struggled to keep up with demand as our clients fell in love with the design!

Slowly as everything eventually does in reclamation and antiques, things began to dry up. Dealers were selling less and less while the prices were getting higher. This led to our first-generation reproduction being born!

Left: Unloading a Luton full of the original Parisian globes at our Sussex HQ ready to be power washed and have the top and bottom fibreglass removed and replaced with brass.. Right: Some of the first reproductions we ever made using blown glass. Today we use higher quality cast glass to ensure a uniformed shape.

Left: Our first edition Parisian globes at a project designed by DesignLSM, Centre: A kitchen design by Hubert Zandberg Interiors. Right: A bedroom design by Godrich

Within a 3-year period we have perfected our range of reproduction Holophane style globes and have developed them at a much better price offering. Available with our classic brass fittings, we will also start to offer a bronze version later this year. The two size options make them ideal for various settings, both residential and commercial. They’re prefect grouped over bars or kitchen islands, or used alone in entrance halls, bedrooms or living rooms. We now also offer this pendant style as an IP44 fitting, making it suitable for bathrooms.

Parisian holophane globe pendant light - Man with a Hammer
Decorex 2022 best stand winner Pure White Lines - Parisian globe lights - Holophane inspired

Above: Our Parisian globe in Greg Penn’s bathroom (aka Man with a Hammer) and the 2 sizes of Parisian globe pendant on display at Decorex 2022

You can view more of our vintage Holophane inspired lighting below:


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Along with our range of vintage influenced lighting, many of our pendants are available in a number of sizes and arrangements and the collection always includes antique and vintage pieces for anyone who wants something extra special!


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