Barber And Osgerby Turns To Traditional Japanese Craft For Hotaru Lighting Collection

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London Design Festival 2015: layout duo Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby worked with age-old techniques of production in Japan to develop a range of paper lanterns.

The collection named Hotaru – meaning firefly – attributes lanterns with paper shades manufactured from mulberry bark, housed on frames constructed from bamboo wire.

Horatu paper lanterns by Barber and Osgerby

The Double Bubble lamp is produced from twin spheres joined with each other, although the Buoy light mimics the shape of a floating marine device. Every single of the types is obtainable in two sizes, and have been designed to be displayed singularly or in groups.


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The lamps have been launched in partnership with London design shop twentytwentyone, and have been crafted by the loved ones-run Ozeki &amp Co Ltd – a Japanese business that has been employing conventional techniques to make paper lanterns sine 1891.

Horatu paper lanterns by Barber and Osgerby

Barber told Dezeen he organized a meeting with the company whilst on vacation in Japan and travelling via the city of Gifu. “It’s a handful of guys who operate on truly straightforward wooden frames with this bamboo wire, and a paintbrush and glue,” he mentioned. “These are the most superbly handmade lanterns, I consider, in the planet.”

In 1953 Ozeki &amp Co worked with designer Isamu Noguchi to generate the iconic Akari light sculptures, and although the company has partnered with numerous Japanese artists, it seldom collaborates with other designers. Soon after some discussion, they agreed to operate with the duo on a range of lighting.

Horatu paper lanterns by Barber and Osgerby

“It requires time, and we’re just starting with these two designs – two shapes, and in two sizes,” Barber told Dezeen. “The ambition is to develop a selection of various designs with patterns and all varieties of factors.”


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The lights were revealed at twentytwentyone as element of London Design and style Festival 2015, which ran from 19 to 27 September.

Horatu paper lanterns by Barber and Osgerby

The duo, who have been the recipients of this year’s London Style Medal created two massive mirrored structures at the V&ampA’s Raphael Gallery for last year’s festival.

The duo recently spoke to Dezeen about the long term of London, claiming that rent rises, education funding cuts and a government that did not worth creativity could all contribute to the demise of its status as a top imaginative city.

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