Monika Sosnowska has created a special edition for Cahiers d’Art. The edition consists of lamps based on Portuguese designs from the 1970s, an era when many social projects were being realized.
The original lamps were spray-painted white so as to give off an elegant diffused light. The artist has painted her lamps roughly, with a brush and white enamel paint. When the light is off, the lamp appears flawlessly white, but when the light is switched on, the imperfections become visible, creating a dramatic effect. This recalls an old-fashioned method of painting advertisements on shopwindows. From the street, the paint looked perfect, but when seen from inside the store, against the light, it showed the accidental imperfections of this method of painting.