Nendo's 3D-moulded light shades use traditional washi paper

Nendo's 3D-moulded light shades use traditional washi paper

Japanese studio Nendo has teamed up with a traditional Japanese paper moulding specialist to create a collection of pendant light shades with a coloured exterior and reflective interior (+ slideshow).

Bi-Color Washi lamp by Nendo

The studio led by designer Oki Sato worked with paper company Taniguchi Aoya Washi to create the Bi-color Washi shades using washi – a type of fibrous paper made using an elaborate process involving mulberry pulp and water.

Bi-Color Washi lamp by Nendo

According to Nendo, the company is the only domestic washi producer to create three-dimensional forms during the manufacturing process, rather than afterwards.

Bi-Color Washi lamp by Nendo

"Rather than pasting sheets of washi together to create forms, the company uses the same process to create beautiful seamless forms that are three-dimensional from the start," said the design team.

Bi-Color Washi lamp by Nendo

This process allowed Nendo to create a lamp with a colourful exterior surface and an interior designed to reflect light.

Bi-Color Washi lamp by Nendo

"After experimenting with dyeing the forms in two steps as they were being shaped, we realised that we could create a lampshade whose exterior and interior surfaces are different colours," they explained. "This was a first for washi lightshades".



Bi-Color Washi lamp by Nendo

Nendo previously worked with Taniguchi Aoya Washi to create a series of delicate lamps with wrinkled tops. This latest collection can be stacked to keep distribution and storage costs to a minimum.

Bi-Color Washi lamp by Nendo

The shade is available in white, pink and blue.