Yonel Lebovici began his career in 1959 working for the Société Nationale de Constructions Aeronautiques du Sud-Est, a manufacturer of airplanes and helicopters. Subsequent to studying industrial design, Lebovici in 1972 opened his Paris gallery, Formes et Couleurs, exhibiting a variety of limited-edition space-age and pop-art inspired creations, many of which displayed a heritage to the designer's technical and practical training in the aeronautics industry. His sophisticated and engagingly subversive designs were by the late 1970s enjoyed by a fashionable clientele, and distributed by the Parisian boutiques Cardin and Jansen. The 'Soucoupe' lamp was made in limited numbers in the 1970s and later in a table-size version.
Delphine and Yorane Lebovici, Yonel Lebovici 1937-1998, Paris, 2003, pp. 84-85 for a similar model