These laser-cut LED lamps designed by New Zealander David Hakaraia look pretty standard when the light is turned off, but when light hits the lampshade it reveals intricately etched patterns that tell the story of the designer’s Maori heritage. Inspired by traditional Maori patterns, the Waka Whakaka series of lighting fixtures combines contemporary design technologies with Polynesian culture to produce a truly unique lamp.

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Intricate koru designs are laser-etched on a wooden elliptical shape. When switched on, light passes through the cuts and makes the patterns on the lamp glow. David uses a historically and culturally grounded approach to create objects that may allow the contemporary Maori to reconnect with their history.

The artist showcased his Waka Wahakaka collection at this year’s ICFF in New York.

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