Kabuto Downlight in Indigo
Lola Lely Studio
Kabuto Downlight in Indigo by Lola Lely is part of the ‘Plant Explorations’ collection, facilitated by The New Craftsmen. Earlier this year, The New Craftsmen invited a 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 particularly inspired by the bold shapes of the various palm species and how their leaves have been transformed for use by humans over centuries. 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 comes with 3m flex as standard and speciality bulbs. Due to the natural dyes and hand-painted method, tones may vary slightly.
Material: Washi paper, carnauba wax, indigo, shellac, bespoke fabric cable and patinated brass fittings
cm: W 56cm, D 56cm, H 20cm, Ceiling Rose: D 21cm, H 4cm
Care Instructions: Please enquire for details.