east meets west in jaime hayon's delicate formakami lamps for &tradition
east meets west in jaime hayon's delicate formakami lamps for &tradition east meets west in jaime hayon's delicate formakami lamps for &tradition
sep 01, 2015

east meets west in jaime hayon's delicate formakami lamps for &tradition

east meets west in jaime hayon’s delicate formakami lamps for &tradition 
image © &tradition




known for blurring the lines between art, decoration and design, jaime hayon has once again collaborated with danish design company &tradition to present the ‘formakami’ light series. the collection of three pendant lamps is reminiscent of the paper lanterns that have been around for centuries, seen often in asian cultures and used for celebration or simply an ornament reflecting hope and prosperity. by blending tradition and history with modern techniques, hayon’s paper lanterns responds to &tradition’s founding principle and his penchant for playfulness.

the lamps reinvents an old form and introduces contemporary aspects
image © &tradition




the ivory white lamps are handmade using rice paper and the black stained oak highlights the various sizes and shapes that appear together. whilst suspended, the delicate form gently illuminates any room and gives the interior space a warm and familiar atmosphere.

the lamps are in an ivory white color where the contrasting shape is highlight with a rim of black stained oak



jaime hayon comments on his design: ‘light has the ability to dispel darkness and bring hope, with the paper lanterns, i kept the color white to make the appearance of the lamps themselves light. I also wanted to have even more light exude from them. more illumination. so I cut the bottom shape in half, leaving it open. with a secret desire to illuminate people’s lives – literally and symbolically.’


the 2015 ‘formakami’ collection was presented at maison et objet 2015.

&tradition was established in 2010 with the founding principle of blending tradition with innovation
image © &tradition




martin k. hansen, &tradition’s managing director comments: ‘hayon has captured the essence of this iconic lantern, merging hand craftsmanship and ancient materials like rice paper, in a new lamp designed for a modern milieu. the effect is a pendant lamp that both gives light – and appears light.’

the design is diverse enough to hang in any setting
image © &tradition


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