Japanese paper shades are made by the craftsmanship of Mito, which is one of Japan's three largest lanterns makers. Lanterns are treated with coating to prevent from water and stains. It is also made by PET resin and starchy glue, which is good material for the environment. Usually many paper lanterns are applied with bamboo or wire, but this thin Japanese paper is wrapped around the PET resin to reduce the shadow of the paper itself.
In addition, a uniform octagon is expressed by heat treatment without using wire. It is a beautiful lighting that shines with the warmth of Japanese paper and the skill of delicate craftsmen.
The technique of bending the thin and rounded bamboo flutes smoothly and incorporating them into the bamboo ring is the craftsmanship of Suruga Take Sensuji Zaiku, specialized in making insect cages. This lantern shade only uses “straight line” to express the softness of bamboo.
Lantern can be set upside down, which could make different impression.
Toshiyuki Tani (Japan)
Became active from 2006 as “Lighting Designer, Toshiyuki Tani” after graduating from the Department of Product and Interior Design, Kobe Design University. Known for his modern designs, which incorporate traditional Japanese crafting techniques and are reminiscent of the period around 1950. Highly praised overseas as well, and holds exhibitions not only in Japan but also France and Germany.