Paper Chandeliers by Cristina Parreño
Architecture and MIT

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An undulating canopy of cardboard tubes by American studio Cristina Parreño Architecture and students from MIT hovered over visitors at the ARCOMadrid art fair in Spain last month (+ slideshow).

Paper Chandeliers by Cristina Parreño Architecture

Cristina Parreño Architecture worked with a team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to create the Paper Chandeliers installation in the VIP area of ARCOMadrid.

Paper Chandeliers by Cristina Parreño Architecture

The white cardboard tubes were suspended from a wire mesh structure and the cables holding the tubes were cut to different lengths to create the varied topography.

Paper Chandeliers by Cristina Parreño Architecture

Lights were fixed above the installation to shine down through the gaps in the tubes.

Paper Chandeliers by Cristina Parreño Architecture

"The light was extremely simple – it was really the geometry of the surface that created the light effect," Parreño told Dezeen.

Paper Chandeliers by Cristina Parreño Architecture

The team from MIT comprised James Coleman, Sharon Xu, Koharu Usui, Natthida Wiwatwicha and Hannah Ahlblad.

Paper Chandeliers by Cristina Parreño Architecture

We've featured lots of paper installations on Dezeen, including a canopy of 11,000 patterned paper sheets and a tunnel made from hollow paper stars – see all paper design.

Paper Chandeliers by Cristina Parreño Architecture

Other installations we've published lately include a wall of clocks that make patterns with their moving hands and a warehouse filled with luminous tissue paper clouds – see all installations.

Photographs are by Luis Asin.

  • viktor vektor

    The perfect project to work on with students: find something repetitive and easy – then make them work the nights for free!

  • http://twitter.com/guillifreire @guillifreire

    Nice idea but higher please.

  • http://www.zazous.co.uk Kate Austin

    Wow! I love it! My mind is whirring with other ideas now… the sign of a great idea!

  • Matt
  • http://paperkit.net/linedpaper Tim

    Calling this a chandelier is an exaggeration but apart from that it is an interesting piece.