Double Kabuto Light in Persimmon by Lola Lely is part of the ‘Plant Explorations’ collection, facilitated by The New Craftsmen. Earlier this year, The New Craftsmen invited a select group of craftspeople to the Economic Botany Collection at Kew Gardens to examine and creatively respond to a myriad of objects and their narratives. Lola was inspired by the bold shapes of the various palm species and how their leaves have been transformed by humans over centuries into practical items. She also took inspiration from a lightweight Japanese war helmet called ‘Kabuto’, made from layers of washi paper using a paper mache technique. The statement light combines the simplicity and natural materiality of the palm leaf with the precise craftsmanship and refinement of the Kabuto helmet. It also showcases Lola’s broad knowledge of dye plants and plant wax.
The cord of the light has a flexible copper core which can be gently bent into shapes to achieve a plant-like feel. This light consists of one downlight and one uplight, each with 3m flex and a speciality bulb as standard. Due to the natural dyes and hand-painted method, tones may vary slightly.
: Washi paper, carnauba wax, persimmon, shellac, bespoke fabric cable and patinated brass fittings
Uplight: Width 48cm, Depth 48cm, Height 18cm, Downlight: Width 56cm, Depth 56cm, Height 20cm, Ceiling Rose: Diameter: 21cm, Height: 4cm
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