Origami is a Japanese art of turning paper into beautiful shapes by folding. What if this concept is applied so that you can bend light?
Designed by the Belgian architect Thomas Hick, the Folding Lamp elegantly folds light. It is your ‘standard’ table lamp, only that it is made out of perforated sheets of metal, which can be folded and unfolded around the LED bulb to create different configurations of light. Fully folded, the lamp is only 35cm wide and 25cm high – although the size will be up to you to decide, as it depends on how you wish to fold it. The intensity of light can also be adjusted accordingly simply by delicately touching any part of the body.
According to Hick, the inspiration for the lamp came when he decided to create a personalized wedding gift for a friend. “I used to play around with paper and geometrical forms before, so I took the challenge of creating something beautiful from a plain sheet of metal,” he says. “Due to other priorities, this project was put on hold for a while. One day, seeing my kids play creatively with scissors and paper it got me thinking about this forgotten project and inspired me to re-launch it.”
The Folding Lamp comes in several versions including Matt Black & Gold, Matt White & Gold, Matt White & Copper, Sanded Matt White & Red Chilli, and Brilliant Black & White Pearl. Made in Europe, this lamp will soon be available through Kickstarter.
Pictures courtesy of Folding Lamp