- A modern take on traditional Japanese lanterns
Solid cedar has been hand-crafted by a master joiner without the use of metal fittings or petroleum-based adhesives
- Covered in handmade Mino washi paper
- Not only a light but a work of art, the very best of Japanese craftsmanship
Lanterns became a part of Japanese lifestyle in the Edo period, serving as indispensable sources of light in everyday life. We sought to restore this light rooted in Japanese life-styles, with the soft illumination of candles filtering through washi paper, to modern spaces. Nothing is so difficult as replacing long-held traditions with what exists today because of the traditional rules of format, traditional practices, and fundamental design and materials.
Some of the lanterns retain old-fashioned traditional forms; others have been reinterpreted into new forms. We have made the frames as thin as possible. Delicate lines of cedar wood and handmade washi paper overlap in modern spaces, bringing a nature-infused appearance to any contemporary interior.
The use of handmade washi paper the essence of tradition creates soft illumination that brings poetic shadows to a room. We used washi from craftsmen who have continued to make paper by hand with a conscientious preservation of the traditions of Mino washi. This washi is made with perseverance and care through its many processes, using the Nasu Kozo pulp that is among the finest quality raw materials for washi.
We also used wood as a material in these contemporary lanterns. As with the lanterns of old, solid cedar has been hand-crafted by a master joiner without the use of metal fittings or petroleum-based adhesives, inspiring these lanterns with a breath of life that is handed down to the present. Without this delicate and sophisticated work by traditional craftsmen, these lanterns could not have come into existence.
Combining the classic Japanese cultural lanterns styles with an exceptional modern design and utilising the techniques of Japanese craftsmanship, the entire structure is made only with wooden frames without the use of any nails. The base that supports the main body is made of solid wood. Handmade Mino Japanese paper is used to build the light-transmitting shade layer for the lamp.
Nowadays, LED light bulbs have become the mainstream light source, and by using an incandescent light bulb, they have made it possible to reproduce colours with taste. By dimming the brightness of the lamp, you can enjoy the warm colours like dusk and flames.
- Lamp size: W242 x D242 x H571mm
- Cover layer: by mino transparent Japanese paper
- Body/base structure: by unpainted Japanese cedar solid wood
- Plug type: European
Place of origin: Tokyo, Japan
Light Bulb recommendations: LED bulbs size E14, we recommend a light temperature of 2700 or more. To dim the light, the bulb also needs to be dimmable.
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