William Morris’s famous advice regarding home decor was: “Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” Occasionally, home decor pieces can be found that can pull double-duty in that regard, such as the Mao & Piu, paper lamps by Yena Young. Made of mulberry paper and flour glue in a traditional Korean Hanji-craft method, Mao & Piu are imaginary creatures who seek a calm and peaceful life. During the day, these characters stand still, almost invisible in their surroundings, but lending their quiet beauty to the space they’re in. At night, once the lights are on, they gleam as though bathed in moonlight.

Mao & Piu were nominated for Jury Selection at the 2014 DMY International Design Festival in Berlin.

+ Yena Young

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