Light stimulation: Japan inspires Mitate lamps

19 : 06 : 2013 Scientific : Aesthetic : Mystical

Netherlands – A new lighting collection on show at Galerie Kreo in Paris captures the ethereal elegance of traditional Japanese forms and textiles.

Dutch design partnership Studio Wieki Somers travelled through Japan, drawing inspiration from local craftsmanship and construction for their seven-strong Mitate collection of lamps. Each uses fragile materials, soft lighting and spherical shapes to evoke a sense of otherness – a coppery sphere recalls sunlight on a Samurai’s helmet, while another transparent orb resembles moonlight through a geisha’s parasol.

The collection takes its name from a Japanese concept of recontextualisation: that by contemplating objects as if they were something else, fresh meaning can emerge. The work is overtly poetic, referencing a fluid interchange of emotional and aesthetic sensations – luminosity, exoticism, nature and an enchanted past. 

Designers are increasingly embracing a cross-disciplinary catalogue of inspiration, from the scientific to the historical and mystical. LS:N Global has identified a muted colour palette which, combined with fine materials and organic shapes, produces a Lunar Grace effect, a temporal alchemy of the delicate and the concrete, the material and the infinite.

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