DCW éditions was created by Fred Winkler and Philippe Crazer in Paris in 2008. The young company is nearly exclusively dedicated to the new edition of designer classics. They came up with this idea because of their passion for flea markets and their interest in the Japanese philosopher Yanagi Soetsu (1889-1961) and the Japanese Folk Crafts Movement, which came into being under his influence in the 1920s.
"Even the more common articles made for daily use become endowed with beauty when they are loved." This desire for aesthetic items for daily use is shared by both founders. It explains why, even if only a small number of objects have been produced, the relaunched collections are even more refined.
It started in 2012 with the iconic Lampe Gras for which DCW has the exclusive rights of reproduction. It was designed by Bernard-Albin Gras (1886-1943) in 1921. At that time, this first adjustable light was a milestone in the history of modern lighting and was highly appreciated by Le Corbusier, who used one as a desk-light. For the first time, a light fixture enjoyed the same popularity for private and professional use. Thanks to its "aficionados", creative people like Eileen Gray and Henri Matisse, the Lampe Gras reached the legend status.
In 2013 DCW brought back the famous series Mantis by the exiled German designer Bernard Schottlander dating back to 1951. With this series he paid homage to the American sculptor Calder, whom he greatly admired. The slender light fixture Mantis distinctly imitates the delicate body of its namesake. The flexibility of the mantis is reflected in its height-adjustable, slanted arm at whose end the curved, asymmetric diffuser is located.
The Lampe Gras was manufactured in an XL size as a light for outside in 2014.
DCW launched the Acrobates de Gras for the EUROLUCE fair in Milan in 2015. The Acrobates de Gras are suspensions equipped with Lampe Gras reflectors hanging from cables forming trapezes, which seem to keep their balance like circus acrobats.
It was fortunate that, in 2016, DCW met the designer and architect Bernard Balas and re-introduced the iconic ball-shaped light Here comes the Sun, an ode to the same-named Beatle's song and to the light of Balas' native southern Toulouse area.
The ISP is more than a light fixture. It is an unusual design object. DCW took the uncommon light by the young Russian-Italian designer, Ilia Sergeevich Potemime, into his portfolio in 2017. The light ISP, the designer's initials, has a space-shuttle appearance and is both minimalist and futurist. A very modern tubular LED diffuser is concealed in an elongated and mysterious capsule. The light is switched on an off by respectively pulling and pushing the LED diffuser.