Based in Provence in the South of France, Ekilux was born of Sebastien Sauze’s desire to relaunch production of the iconic slatted aluminium lamps designed by his father Max Sauze at the end of the 1960s. Since their inception, these lamps have never lost their relevance to contemporary design. Like a small Renaissance, they bridge the gap between the innovative 70s, when designers were bursting with creativity, and today’s globalised economic market. Each stage in making a lamp requires a great deal of time, sufficient space – and passion. The many soldered joints must be solid, yet supple. Getting the temperature just right requires long experience, as does managing the many constraints imposed by the electro-chemical treatments. Mechanical tools are faithful companions. Often designed for a very specific purpose, each tool continues to evolve in response to the artisan’s needs as he constantly seeks to improve his workmanship. The shapes are varied, unfolding in a spatial geometry where the form they take becomes self-evident.