‘For­makami JH18’ lamp by Jaime Hayon for &Tra­di­tion

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The form: A ta­ble lamp in a soft­ened ver­sion of a sphere on a cylin­der, made from rice pa­per on fine bam­boo ribs with black-stained oak bands at waist and base. What makes it spe­cial: Spain’s most recog­nised de­signer of re­cent decades, Jaime (pro­nounced Hay-mee) Hayon, works for key in­ter­na­tional fur­ni­ture and light­ing brands from Den­mark to the US. He has also found time to build his own brands across dif­fer­ent dis­ci­plines, in­clud­ing Orolog and Ji­jibaba. As an ex­ten­sion of his ‘For­makami’ se­ries of rice pa­per pen­dants, ‘JH18’ for Dan­ish brand &Tra­di­tion takes the style and ma­te­ri­als of the ear­lier hang­ing lights and lit­er­ally turns them up­side down. As the name ‘For­makami’ sug­gests, Hayon takes in­spi­ra­tion from Ja­panese lanterns but uses ex­ag­ger­ated forms and black tim­ber bands to add a graphic qual­ity. ‘For­makami’ is in many ways a con­tem­po­rary ver­sion of Isamu Noguchi’s fa­mous Akari lanterns, first in­tro­duced in the 1950s. Like all lamps made from pa­per, the harsh light of the elec­tric bulbs is pleas­ingly soft­ened as it passes through the shade. Ex­pect to pay: $390. Buy from: Cult De­sign, cult­de­sign.com.au.

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