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LE KLINT’s Gorgeous Folded Lamps Shine Bright at Copenhagen Design Week

Posted By Ana Lisa On September 15, 2011 @ 12:30 pm In Green Design Events,Green Home decor,Green Lighting | 1 Comment


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Located in a quiet Copenhagen street, LE KLINT [5] opened its doors back in 1943. Today the company invited visitors to come in, celebrate, meet [6]their new designers and see one of their famous ‘pleating ladies’ [7] lamps first hand.

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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 [8]. The lamps come in either a paper or plastic shade.

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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.

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The shade is then turned so that the seam is invisible, creating a fantastic, 3D, brilliant luminaire [9].

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LE KLINT’s designs are made so that the lightweight lampshades could fit inside a cardboard [10] box and then be easily and economically shipped anywhere.

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One of the new designers we had the chance to speak to is local architect Amanda Betz [11], who created ‘Cassiopeia’.

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‘Cassiopeia’ is a magical hanging lamp that incorporates glittering punctures and forms itself from folded W shapes.

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Another Danish fresh designer now working for LE KLINT is furniture designer Tine Mouritsen [12].

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Mouritsen’s ‘All in Big’ lamps incorporate an acrylic cylinder that protects the shade and allows the user to move the object around with ease.

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Philip Bro Ludvigsen [13], a tutor at the Danish Design School, [14] created two models for LE KLIT.

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‘UnderCover’ is a series of inner shades that allows the user to change their classic folded lamps into different patterns and colors.

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His second design is called ‘Viper’ and is a flexible wool felt [15] lamp that can be placed on a table or hung from the wall. The design emphasizes the traditional LE KLIT designs ideas.

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In 2003, LE KLINT was officially appointed Purveyor to the Royal Danish Court [16] and their lamps are now hanging within important public buildings around the city. The lamps still prove that a company can be a modern manufacturer, but still maintain a strong tie to traditional craftsmanship and a gorgeous eco-style.

+ LE KLINT [5]

+ Copenhagen Design Week 2011 [4]

Photo © Ana Lisa Alperovich for Inhabitat


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[3] LE KLINT: http://inhabitat.comLE KLINT’s Whimsical Folded Lamps Shine at Copenhagen Design Week 2011

[4] Copenhagen Design Week,: http://www.copenhagendesignweek.com/

[5] LE KLINT: http://www.leklint.com/

[6] meet : http://www.copenhagendesignweek.com/category/furniture-interiors/events/le-klint-meet-pleating-ladies-and-designers

[7] ‘pleating ladies’: http://www.leklint.com/en-GB/About-Le-Klint/Craftsmanship.aspx

[8] Odense: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Odense

[9] luminaire: http://inhabitat.com/photos-100-danish-pendants-shine-at-copenhagen-design-week-2011/

[10] cardboard: http://inhabitat.com/incredible-amsterdam-office-created-entirely-from-cardboard/

[11] Amanda Betz: http://www.amandabetz.com/

[12] Tine Mouritsen: http://www.tinemouritsen.dk/

[13] Philip Bro Ludvigsen: http://www.philipbro.com/Philip_Bro.html

[14] Danish Design School,: http://www.dkds.dk/

[15] felt: http://inhabitat.com/hush-pod-a-cozy-private-retreat-for-public-spaces/3/

[16] Royal Danish Court: http://www.kongehuset.dk/english/

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