Magneto by Jean-Marie Massaud. As featured in Do It Yourself

Designer DIY with Jean-Marie Massaud

The Parisian designer’s Magneto lamp suits the finest design showroom, yet originates in the hardware department

The Parisian designer and architect Jean-Marie Massaud is quite used to a refined interior environment, having created items for such upscale marques as Cassina, Axor and Poliform.

However, he drew inspiration for this black, hinged table lamp not from the design showrooms of the French capital, but from the household appliance section of his local department store BHV. It was among the racks there that he found all the components, including the magnetic hinges, the shovel and the LEDs, needed to make this chic looking light, which he has called Magneto.

It features in our new book, Do It Yourself, which shows readers how to make striking home furnishings, as designed by the likes of Ross Lovegrove, Hella Jongerius and Ai Weiwei, from everyday household items. Here’s how you can create your own Massaud Magento lamp, in about 20 minutes, for a cost of just $40 (£26/€35).


The components for Magneto
The components for Magneto


What you need

GYS double articulated magnetic positioner; LED plate and transformer; plug; iron coal shovel; metal plate, 4 x 4 x 1/4 in (100 x 100 x 6 mm); cable; superglue; screwdriver; cutter; drill; drill bit for iron, 1/4 in (6 mm)


Jean-Marie Massaud
Jean-Marie Massaud


  1. Drill a hole in the shovel that is big enough to pass the wire through.

  2. Glue the LEDs to the inside of the shovel.

  3. Pass the power cable through the opening of the handle and through the hole drilled before.

  4. Connect the power cable with the LEDs.

  5. Join the shovel to the magnets and place both on the metal sheet.

6. The lamp is ready to use and easy to adjust in height and position.


Do It Yourself
Do It Yourself

For greater detail on this design and many more works by such designers and artists as Konstantin Grcic, Ai Weiwei, Hella Jongerius and John Baldessari buy a copy of Do It Yourself Here.