Cloud Lamps by Yu Jordy Fu



London-based designer Yu Jordy Fu has produced a range of hand-cut paper lampshades called Cloud Lamps.


The designs are cut freehand from recycled paper, then folded around a light source.


Three Cloud Lamp chandeliers by Yu Jordy Fu are on display as part of festival In From the Cold at the Southbank Centre in London. More information on Yu Jordy Fu's blog.


The Cloud Lamps are available to buy from the designer's website.

Here's some more information from Yu Jordy Fu:


In 201 AD the Chinese invented paper, a marvellous material with a complex character. For thousands of years we used paper to write, paint and communicate our thoughts, dreams and desires. Paper-cutting is a unique art form: Chinese women use this graceful and intricate media to record the joy and surprises of their lives and decorate their homes. Yu Jordy Fu has developed this ancient technique to create expressive and elaborate forms which break free from the two-dimensional realm to a dreamlike three-dimensional landscape.


These delicate lampshades are inspired by Jordy’s architectural design projects and scaled at 1:50. All handmade with recycled paper, the Cloud Lamp is a simple and sustainable way to add intimacy and magic to domestic environment. Yu Jordy Fu is a London-based designer whose dream is to make this world a better place.


"As an architectural designer, I think three-dimensionally;  I don’t see the lampshade as an object but a space. My passion is to create sensational spaces for people; I am interested in how it feels for the 1:50 scaled people on the lampshade in the designed spaces, whether is a church, playground, shopping mall, park or school; and how it feels like for us when the lamps are lit at home. The paper is cut freehand when it is flat, like doing a two-dimensional drawing, these are then folded up, and sculpted around a light source to create three dimensional spaces. I used this method to make architectural models for exhibitions for many years. I don’t see lighting as an additional element to the architecture, but an integrated part of it, driving the relationship between the solid and void, adding life to the architecture. I treat each lampshade as an individual piece; they are all slightly different and personal."


Cloud Lampshade can be used as a pendant, with a desk or a floor lamp base and a milky white energy saving blub; alternatively simply put on your bedside table with some gentle LED fairy lights inside.


Cloud Lamp Winter Collection 2008

Below: Cloud Lampshade Angels
Light and Sound from the sky
Inspired by Jordy’s architectural design for contemporary prayer space
H38cm x D 27cm


Below: Cloud Lampshade Prague
Rooftop of a magic world
Inspired by Jordy’s architectural design for children’s play space
H40cm x D 24cm


Below: Cloud Lampshade Happy
Pleasure of Christmas
Inspired by Jordy’s architectural design for shopping environment
H30cm x D 34cm


Below: Cloud Lampshade Memory
Picking up Happiness
Inspired by Jordy’s architectural design for outdoor leisure space
H32cm x D 32cm


Below: Cloud Lampshade Story
After dinner relaxation
Inspired by Jordy’s architectural design for school breakout space
H20 x D 45


Below: Cloud Lampshade Grandpa
For sweethearts afraid of darkness
Inspired by Jordy’s architectural design for family gardens
H30 x D 15


Below: installation at the Southbank centre.



Posted on Monday January 12th 2009 at 11:57 am by Rachael Sykes. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • modular

    Outstanding job. Even though this idea is not new at all, the results captured here represent the best ‘stuff like this’ I’ve ever seen. Very poetic and artistic. I really dig this.

    Congratulations mate.

  • glue

    too bad there are no pictures of the shadow produced by those ! Nice work !

  • Looks a lot like Artecnica’s stuff….the photography looks nice though…

  • Fantastic poetry!
    Lovely way to aestheticize your global imprint.

  • g22

    i love it! really great!

  • Mowgli

    they dont look much like clouds to me but whatever, not too fond of them…

  • katie

    i like especially big ones which are tgo most similar to clouds for me.

  • Rob

    Very cool. Does he use LED’s as a light source?

  • Rockstar

    Beautiful and passionate!

    I wish more designers would be this way. Well done Yu Jordy Fu and hopefully more to come in the future!

  • As glue said, I want to see the shadows produced by these gorgeous shades – surely that’s a big part of designing a light feature..?

  • lenny

    nice fire hazard, bro

  • ant

    blew me away!

  • Holly and Wilko


    Im actually amazed by your work..

    Are these available to buy??

    Thnks xx

  • Paper art taken to a new level, but surely not a good source of “light” right? And it would be a shame and a waste of power, if the installations were put up as ‘art pieces’ and switched on, but don’t end up serving a functional purpose.
    I came across so many green lighting projects being undertaken by city councils across the US, light designers working on creating new energy-efficient LEDs, home owners going in for renewable sources of energy to light up homes, and commercial establishments like hotels, offices and hospitals re-doing their interiors in order to go the Green Way!
    Read what Simon Threadkell, creative director for Fitch, had to say about the sustainability of ‘eco-friendly’ initiatives:

  • What a great work. You really made an effort for it. It’s so nice, keep up the good work, more designs to come.

  • EQ3

    The design innovation of these is simply amazing.