Washi paper has been created in Japan for centuries, and now, the Taniguchi Aoya Washi company teamed up with Nendo to create three-dimensional forms with it—like these gorgeous lamps. Using traditional methods, they pass screens through mulberry pulp and water, then dry them to create delicate paper sheets. Rather than pasting these sheets together in order to create forms, however, Taniguchi Aoya uses sculpted screens in order to create stunning, seamless items that are three-dimensional right from the start. With a bit of experimentation, they also discovered that by layering pulp in a particular way, they could create lampshades that have pale, interior colors that are perfect for light diffusion, while the exteriors can have more intense, saturated hues.
+ Taniguchi Aoya Washi
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