Tech­nol­ogy & tra­di­tion

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The most per­fect ex­pres­sion of Ingo Mau­rer’s aes­thetic prin­ci­ples was cre­ated nearly two decades ago with the launch of the MaMo Nouch­ies se­ries of lights. The new shapes for 2017 re­main true to the orig­i­nal, made us­ing Ja­panese paper fash­ioned into a va­ri­ety of shapes. One of our favourites is Moonati, a shell-shaped wall light that serves as an ex­cel­lent ex­am­ple of how craft con­tin­ues to in­flu­ence con­tem­po­rary light­ing de­sign.

Ingo Mau­rer isn’t alone in draw­ing in­spi­ra­tion from Ja­pan. Lon­don-based de­signer An­thony Dick­ens has been de­vel­op­ing Tekio since a 2010 visit to Ja­pan, when he struck on the idea of bring­ing tra­di­tional Ja­panese paper lanterns into the 21st Cen­tury with LEDs. The sub­tle com­bi­na­tion of tech­nol­ogy and tra­di­tion matched that found in some of Barcelona-based man­u­fac­turer Santa & Cole’s best-sell­ing prod­ucts, so Tekio be­came part of its 2017 col­lec­tion.

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