The inspiration for this lamp came after seeing a checked pattern scarf set against a spotlight.
I saw the potential of combining the two elements by casual chance. This pattern, popular in
Scotland for centuries, is loved as a staple of classic fashion throughout Japan. Through
Japan’s on-going love of this pattern, I had a glimpse of a new form of expression. I
reconstructed the graphics of this pattern, normally experienced on a two dimensional plane,
into a three dimensional form and counterbalanced it with the brightness of light.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The design is coordinated by using figures and light in cooperation to display a story and
produce new designs using the shadows as a part of the light installation. Appreciating a mix
of the traditional pattern of Scotland with the interplay of shadows and light from Japan
produces a feeling of beautiful, overwhelming air fully demonstrating the charm of lighting
as a simple substance. This light adapts aesthetics fitting both Japanese and Western
European senses of style.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
This lamp can be carried around easily because it is made of paper. In addition, the process
of installing and changing the light bulb is simple. There is a socket placed inside the
structure that can then be covered by the shade. Currently, this design is structured as a floor
lamp, but it can also function as as a ceiling light or be mounted to a wall. The lines that
make up the pattern are very delicate, allowing for the transmission of intricate patterns of
light and shadow that create a sense of ease and relaxation. During exhibitions, many people
saw this design as a potential complement to many intimate scenes, such as churches, tea
houses, ceremonial marriage halls, nurseries, bedrooms, and living rooms. When you would
like to spend some quiet time alone, relaxing on the sofa or in bed, away from the hassles of
daily life, this lamp will create a clam, quiet space for you.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project began in May 2013 in Japan. The design has been exhibited in Tokyo at “ACT
ART COM” in June 2013 and in Fukuoka at “Tenjin Labo” in November 2013.
FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Lighting Products and Lighting Projects Design
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
I assembled the legs using acrylic material and secured the light fixture and the shade. The
shade was made from three pieces of heavy paper created from pulper and then, to preserve
the strength, laser cut into six pieces for three kinds of patterns. By processing the ends for
the sake of joining, I was able to assemble the shade from the inside. During the final step, I
attached the light socket to complete the lamp. It is currently handmade, but productivity can
be improved by making a shade molding using resin and a single leg and body molding.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
size W200 D200 H210
lamp, brilliant tartan, light, room, handcrafted, paper, acrylic
Originally the checked pattern was a simple configuration of color and line born by the
operation of “weaving”.However, the pattern spread throughout the fashion industry and is currently used within
many genres thanks to the advancement of technology, yet it’s gorgeousness is closely
associated with people. I began looking for ways to regard this design as an object of interior
beauty and challenged myself to find a method to reconstitute this design in the form of light.
The challenge is found not only in the possibility of expressing a pattern but also in the
possibility of expressing a graphic. In addition, it is in the lamp that the Japanese tradition of
expressing beauty through shadow is combined with design elements from Europe. The
pattern drawn by the use of shadow projects a discrete new three-dimensional graphic pattern
in the surrounding space with an underlying pattern reminiscent of tartan. This shadow
envelops the whole room and creates a space that is totally different from the everyday
TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
Fumiya Ino , 2013