kazuhiro yamanaka: it's only a paper moon lamp
kazuhiro yamanaka: it's only a paper moon lamp kazuhiro yamanaka: it's only a paper moon lamp
may 23, 2012

kazuhiro yamanaka: it's only a paper moon lamp

‘it’s only a paper moon’ by kazuhiro yamanaka

london-based designer kazuhiro yamanaka is currently showing ‘it’s only a paper moon’ at the italian NOPX gallery  in an exhibition entitled ‘progetto usomano l/lV‘. the pendant light consists of three basic components; a clothing pin, a piece of paper and a hanging bare bulb. the lampshade is rolled and held in place with the large wooden peg to which the lighting element is attached. depending on the type and size of paper, the user can customize the intensity of the light. the design will be on display until the 27th of may, 2012. 

together with NOPX| limitededitionpics, lachimica berthollet and italian designer federico vota, ‘progetto usomano l/lV’ is the first of four events dedicated to international design. the participants were asked to submit a project which defines a typical part of the dwelling, where its significance is a suggestion of the environment and not the other way around. the pieces on display were selected from the international competition ‘autoprogettazione 2.0: on display‘ by domus. alongside kazuhiro yamanaka, victor zanotti from manzi and zanotti design studio and lorenzo marzoli’s works are also exhibited.

detail of clip 

wooden clip with attached lightbulb 

view from under the lamp 

form of lampshade cut out 


  • amazing way of thinking!

    stefan says:
  • Cooool ! Well done !

    Bull says:
  • oooh, a lamp made from a clothes peg and a sheet of paper, very Blue Peter.

    …. cue gushing from credulous ‘simplicity’ zealots

    douglas says:
  • I made the very same lamp 40 years ago as a student because i had no money to buy a proper lamp. Mine used a thin plastic sheet and a heavy spring clamp like you see in a woodworking shop. I also made a light table just as simply and never considered these to be good design, just acts of desperation in poverty. But remember, we didnt have PCs at that time, 1972, and since then our lives have become so complex and UNsimple that now the simple seems like a breath of fresh air. The worthiness of the lamp above comes from believing life can be just that simple if we choose to. Maybe we should. The lamp is in fact not great design but the praise for it comes from our brains being overworked, overteched and totally discombubulized. The lamp tells us we need a break, perhaps a very long one.

    charles says:
  • o design é óbvio, parabens kazuhiro yamanaka.

    regispadilhaDesigner says:

    MODERNDESIGN2120 says:
  • me muero del amor

    nachofabio says:
  • well said charles!

    NB says:
  • What constitutes great design, if not simplicity and novelty in the use of every-day materials? It doesn’t depend on “it’s been done before;” it depends on its current attractiveness and the appreciation it generates.

    J Jones says:
  • Just simplicity at its best. Who says that u need to spend to get the best. This is great.
    I would like to know…whether clip used is usually available in market or its tailored made?

    Nicky says:
  • yes, simplify things, quit analyzing. consume the poison. it would do you good.
    you are absolutely right charles, we need a break. i took mine from the practice of professional architecture its maddening architectural/engineering design analyses, five years ago. and life has never been good!
    this light bulb wrapped around with paper and laundry clip tells it all.

    nelson d reyes architect says:
  • Can someone explain how this can be hang and stay vertical?
    Gravity will push it horizontal… Or am I missing a trick somewhere?

    urB says:
  • it’s not a cable, it’s a metal tube. that’s why.

    nice design, and i very agree with charles.

    chb says:
  • the design gives off a feeling that, we should take a look back. seeing how today\’s modernism often resulting extravagant lifestyle, this very lamp remind us to care more for what we need adequately.

    lacie44 says:
  • the design gives off a feeling that, we should take a look back. seeing how today\’s modernism often resulting extravagant lifestyle, this very lamp remind us to care more for what we need adequately.

    lacie44 says:

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