Edward Chew’s Tetra Pak Origami Lamps

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These stunning lamps designed by Edward Chew are made from recycled Tetra Pak cartons which were cut into strips, folded into hundreds of pieces, and then assembled without the use of any adhesives. The designer was able to create a variety of different lamp styles using the same origami module, and says that individuals can use it to create their own lamps. This design is a fantastic example of  how a waste product can be re-purposed into a highly functional, and tasteful piece of furniture.

38 responses

  1. Mike Chino
    June 2, 2011

    This is a stunning example of how everyday materials can be transformed into something extraordinary through precise craftmanship.

  2. Dan Mendes
    June 2, 2011

    When I was in Europe I thought how nice that everyone uses Tetra Pak instead of plastic, but its even greater knowing that you can transform them into something as geometrical and functional as this light

  3. Anonymous
    June 2, 2011

    This reminds me of the Epcot ball in Disney World! I love it.

  4. Cliff Champion
    June 3, 2011

    such a clever design. i love that the origami module can be adapted to several different shaped lamps.

  5. Rene G
    June 3, 2011

    MARVELOUS above all! Great job, Ed! Thanks for sharing your creative and great idea… Most of all, for doing your bit to save our Mother Earth 🙂 Again, WELL DONE! *hugs*

  6. Ian Ng A S
    June 4, 2011

    Ingenious use of the basic module for formal variety…and how elegantly it’s done. Kudos!

  7. Mark L
    June 4, 2011

    Tetra Pak cartons are a plenty and have been in used as soft drink containers for many decades. This is the first time I have saw something so aesthetically appealing which come from left-over Tetra Pak cartons. Amazingly creative!

  8. lolawants
    June 6, 2011

    A beautiful new and creative product from the stuff we take for granted. The time and workmanship involved alone got my vote…no glue or other type of attachments? Wow. Now that’s talent. And the shadow play on the wall is stunning. Love it!

  9. eliza77
    June 6, 2011

    The fact that all the modules are held together without any forms of adhesives wins my VOTE! Well done.

  10. Samedgar
    June 6, 2011

    Edward. They look lovely. How do we get one? Thanks Sam

  11. laktica
    June 8, 2011

    Got to love Geometric designs

  12. roz
    June 8, 2011

    Interesting..From such a waste product to become an unique Pendant light and make used for everybody. Must VOTE!!!

  13. Wong Yang Tze
    June 9, 2011

    Excellent creation, simple yet elegant. Good job

  14. sarah princess pink
    June 9, 2011

    excellent idea and great for the earth x

  15. loubylou
    June 9, 2011

    wow, these look fascinating! I love lighting, changes the atmosphere in the room, certainly a talking point for visitors!

  16. Antares
    June 9, 2011

    Wonderful to see a creative genius emerge from our midst! Bravo, Edward! 🙂

  17. bylow33
    June 9, 2011


  18. Edward Chew
    June 10, 2011

    Thank you guys for all the wonderful and positive feedback. Keep the votes coming. 🙂

    Samedgar says: “Edward. They look lovely. How do we get one?”

    Sam, it never crossed my mind to bring the idea into mass-production when I first started exploring the idea.

    I try not to let the ‘Dollars-and-Cents’ factor be the driving force in my design process. I believe that ideas are best if born out of passion.

    Nevertheless, if any commissions were to come along the way, I am willing to accept the offers.

    TetraBox Lamp is not just a lamp, it’s ART.

  19. ooi
    June 10, 2011

    Wow, is great and fascinating.

  20. Simon Lee
    June 12, 2011

    Great works! Hope to see more near future..

  21. tan kolamkl
    June 12, 2011

    must vote!

  22. Jimmy Sen
    June 14, 2011

    Well done,a brillant,creative & constructive ideas.What a way to saving “Gaia”

  23. wanrosnah
    June 14, 2011

    Amazing….result! When you start thinking outside the box…you will produce simply fantastic…piece of work or creation.

  24. Uviglass
    June 14, 2011

    Deserves to win the contest!

  25. artichoke
    June 14, 2011

    Fantabulous work!!!

  26. edchew
    June 15, 2011

    Thanks again for all your encouraging words.

    Being shortlisted as a finalist is already a recognition. Winning is a bonus. Most importantly is to get the GREEN message across.

    Hope you will never look at an empty Tetra Pak drink carton the same way again. 🙂

  27. michelletan
    June 16, 2011


  28. kimi66
    June 16, 2011

    dear edward chew, may i know how did you connect them without using any adhesives? this is the most amazing part of that i think people would love to learn the step-by-step.

  29. macmarty15221
    June 16, 2011

    Edward: is there a name for the fundamental origami pattern you are using in these excellent lamps?

  30. macmarty15221
    June 17, 2011

    Edward: those are some fabulous lamps. Please tell me, is there a name for the underlying origami structure?

  31. Ken
    June 17, 2011

    Cool! It would be great if you would add a step-by-step pictorial tutorial for making these – I can’t quite get the whole process from what I find here.

  32. mariastrauss
    June 21, 2011

    Stunning aesthetically beautiful use of materials……great job!

  33. rosanna
    June 22, 2011

    L’arte salverà l’uomo dal disastro che l’uomo stesso sa organizzare……grazie per farci conoscere queste idee e per incoraggiarci con queste idee superbe!!! Buon lavoro, bravissimo.

  34. Anonymous
    June 30, 2011

    Bom sem comentários, e e meus mais sinceros parabéns ao Ed.

  35. Anonymous
    July 4, 2011

    Hi, I want to make a lamp as sush as this, where can I get the folding tutorial/plans?

    Best Regards

  36. yhart01
    August 3, 2011

    Your design is beautiful! If you were to produce a tutorial, I would be more than happy to purchase it! Please consider teaching us how to ‘green-up’ our little pieces of the planet, too. Thanks for listening.

  37. fayefoldwoman
    February 3, 2012

    Really cool. Looks like it is related to Heinz Strobl’s Snapology Technique.

  38. nmtorres
    February 26, 2013

    Its a great design

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