Traditional made modern: Bi-color washi lamp by Nendo

Japanese design studio Nendo  launched a new lightweight stacking lamp called “Bi-color washi,” which is made from 3D molded paper. The lamp was designed in collaboration with traditional Japanese paper company Taniguchi Aoya Washi from the Tottori Prefecture in western Japan.

Known for its 3D paper molding technique, Taniguchi Aoya Washi is the country’s only domestic producer of 3D washi, which is made by passing a solution of water and mulberry pulp through fine screens that collect the pulp. The screens are then dried with the pulp forming fine paper sheets that can be peeled off. Rather than pasting sheets of washi together to create forms, Taniguchi Aoya Washi uses the same process to create 3D forms.

For the exterior, the lampshade makes use of either dark or bright colors, while the lampshade’s interior is light and reflective so that the light can be diffused. The lightweight shades can be stacked.


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