Tekiō by
Anthony Dickens


London designer Anthony Dickens has created a snaking, modular lighting system made of bamboo and paper (+ movie).

Tekio by Anthony Dickens

Named Tekiō, the product was launched at Clerkenwell Design Week with an installation in the windows of the main venue, the Farmiloe Building.

Tekio by Anthony Dickens

The paper is wrapped over thin bamboo ribs then creased to create concertina tubes.

Tekio by Anthony Dickens

These are connected together over a frame with the light source inside to create circles, figures-of-eight, straight lines, chain-linked loops or corkscrew spirals.

Tekio by Anthony Dickens

Dickens was inspired by traditional Japanese 'chochin' paper lanterns, which have been in use since the 16th century and can still be seen hanging outside homes and shops in Japan.

Tekio by Anthony Dickens

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Tekio by Anthony Dickens

Installation photographs are by Jim Stephensonand the movie is by Alice Masters.

Tekio by Anthony Dickens

Here's some more information from Anthony Dickens:

Inspired by traditional Japanese ‘Chochin’ paper lanterns, which date back to the 10th century, and Dickens’ travels to the Far East in 2010, Tekio derives its name from the Japanese word for ‘adaptation’.Transforming a traditional item into a new design-led entity, a signature of Dicken’s design, Tekio is flexible enough to adapt to any interior and its ability to transform spaces is only limited by the imagination.

Tekio by Anthony Dickens

Tekio’s innovation is flexibility. Inside each paper tube is a frame with connecting hinges that can be locked anywhere from straight to ninety degrees. The frames are then connected in series to create any desired shape. The paper sections are supported by the frame, but can easily be separated to access the choice of LED or CFL bulbs.

Tekio by Anthony Dickens

Customers have the freedom to construct the light as they wish, from a semicircular wall light to a large looped installation. Tekio offers the opportunity for complete creativity allowing the owner to adopt the role of designer of the finished product.

Tekio by Anthony Dickens

The first prototype of Tekio was shown during London Design Festival 2011. Now at Clerkenwell Design Week 2012, visitors will be able to see the light in a range of undulating, amorphic constructions, filling the atmospheric Farmiloe Building’s windows, which will glow on approach.

Tekio by Anthony Dickens

Anthony Dickens says:

“Tekio is different. It can be a standalone pendant, a wall light and even developed into a floor lamp, but you can do so much more than that. You can trace the outline of a table, seating area, bar, room, or simply have a straight or wiggly line of light passing between two walls. It is more than just a light, it becomes a tool to divide space and highlight certain areas or create an unbroken line of light employed to guide people through an unfamiliar space. The possibilities are endless."

Tekio by Anthony Dickens

"I believe Tekio dramatically increases the creative possibilities for architects and lighting designers when compared to what is currently available. I see Tekio in its current form as just the start in a whole series of options, choices and alternatives that can one day be added to the system and increase its flexibility and diversity.”

  • Paul

    Wow, I especially like the 2 dimensional structures at the end. Nice proportions!

  • claude

    I see nowhere the name of Isamu Noguchi… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DDCOWA9q7U

    • Chris

      Oh what, so just because a designer uses the same material as another designer, they should automatically mention their predecessor? Well I guess Norman Foster needs to reference Buckminster Fuller in a lot of his building descriptions then.

  • What the Dickens?

    Sorry, I felt I had to…

    I really like this. It feels like a modern spin on classic lighting solutions.

  • It's great. They should offer it in different colors :)

  • Is this for sale to the public do we know?

    • Hi Zazous,

      Dickens is currently taking commissions to produce the pieces individually so you can contact his studio directly.