Unlike their fellow exhibitors at this year's ICFF, Japanese lighting fixture company At Labo chose not to give out cupcakes, hire models to work their booth, or exhibit out of a 30-foot-long neon green shipping container - and they didn't need to. Their beautiful, wood veneer pendant lights garnered attention all on their own, and upon further inspection, these lightweight lamps are even more interesting than they appear. Made of super-thin cuts of sakura birch, the triangular pieces that form each pendant have been cut precisely so that they can be fit together in numerous different configurations depending on the whim of the user. The DIY kits ship flat, and arrive as a puzzle you can put together however you like.
Is it a lamp or is it a puzzle? Spotted at ICFF during New York Design Week, At Labo‘s beguiling veneer lamps resemble wooden orbs, but bat one a bit with your hand and you’ll see that they’re super-light, hollow, and assembled using no glue or screws. Since each fixture is made of rich cherry splices, no two are alike, and the light emitted has a warm glow reminiscent of candlelight burning through a shoji screened home.
The pendant light fixtures are sold and shipped in flat-pack kits of 10 or 20 triangular pieces that have notches cut into them. The modular forms are laminated with clear polypropylene, making them durable, resistant to heat and easy to clean. If you do rip one though, simply send off for another kit since each piece is interchangeable and can be swapped out easily. The design is completely up to you, but the large orb is one of the most popular and versatile. Lighting units and bulbs are sold separately.