Le Chevallier was a founding member of the Union des Artistes Modernes(UAM), an organization that promoted the forward-looking, reform-mindedideals of modernist design in France. Also members were the architects anddesigners Pierre Chareau, René Herbst, Eileen Gray, Gabriel Guévrékian, RobertMallet-Stevens, and Charlotte Perriand.Most prolific as an artist in stained glass, Le Chevallier is perhaps bestknown for the small number of modernist table lamps that he designed in thelate 1920s. This model, the most extreme of the group, consists of an abstractsculptural housing for the bulb resting atop a circular base on cylindrical legs.Starkly spare and completely unornamented, the lamp conveys the overall effectof a functional machine. Nonetheless, a certain decorative quality is achievedthrough the Cubist-inspired angular planes, exposed screws and braces, andsoftly reflective finish. No effort has been made to conceal the bulb or thesocket, though the light can be shaded or redirected by revolving the lamp in avariety of different positions. Less reflective than silver or chrome-plated steel,aluminum was more affordable, increasing its appeal for designers.