This lamp is centred around the design and engineering qualities of Swiss camera specialist Paillard Bolex, a company founded in 1927.
Eric’s chosen model is the Bolex L8, launched in 1939 at the commencement of World War 2 and enabling the film enthusiast to have a ‘pocket’ movie camera. Powered through a clockwork mechanism, the Bolex L8 became particularly popular in the 1940s & 50s with the post war boom in film and photography.
During this time the name Bolex became synonymous with the quality required for 16mm film making for the cinema and news organisations like Pathe News, and it is an established professional name to this day.
The Bolex Beauty movie camera lamp itself has been selected to reflect a distinctive continental feel, a nod to the camera’s European heritage and its mid-century popularity.