Located in a quiet Copenhagen street, LE KLINT opened its doors back in 1943. Today the company invited visitors to come in, celebrate, meet their new designers and see one of their famous ‘pleating ladies’ lamps first hand.
Dressed accordingly in a white pleated skirt, Mrs. Bente Madsen told us how she now folds two lampshades at once and uses flour on her fingers to avoid the shade getting slippery — a technique she learned through many years of working the craft. LE KLINT lamps are still made in a small, family-run ‘factory’ in Odense. The lamps come in either a paper or plastic shade.
The original folding technique starts by pleating along embossed patterns and lines in the chosen material. It is then sewn together with a single seam, wherever applicable, on the inside.