These wonderful patterned paper lamps from Brooklyn–based Levent & Romme really caught our eye at this year’s BKLYN Designs show. Realized first as pen and ink illustrations, the patterns are then cut into a single sheet of thick watercolor paper. The paper is softly textured and opaque enough to make the designs pop, and the rigidity lends itself to the shades’ intricate cuts. Upping the coolness (and sustainability) quotient, the shade fits together using a tabbed design so that it forms a tube without any fasteners or adhesives.
Anne Romme & Fiyel Levent met while studying at The Cooper Union School of Architecture and have been collaborating on furniture, installations, and interior designs for the past two years. Their design aesthetic is based around traditional materials and craftsmanship, but they add a twist by focusing on technology in their fabrication techniques.
The patterns used for the floor lamps originated as pen and ink drawings and were inspired by the work of Japanese American artist Ruth Asawa. The design duo says they were further inspired by other Japanese designs—Isama Noguchi‘s paper lights, for instance.
The shades are available in four patterns, and the fixture accepts a compact fluorescent lamp. We love these Romme & Levent lamps so much, we named them Best Lighting Design in our Editors’ Choice Awards. Make sure to check out all of the award winners and our full BKLYN Designs Coverage.