vacuum-sealed flat pack blooms into tsubomi paper lamp by kazuhiro yamanaka

vacuum-sealed flat pack blooms into tsubomi paper lamp by kazuhiro yamanaka

Kazuhiro Yamanaka’s design blooms into a free-standing lamp

 

Following his Lamp in the Pizza Box, Kazuhiro Yamanaka unveils Tsubomi, a vacuum-sealed flat pack that blooms into a self-supporting light as it opens. The product designer’s paper-folding lamp comes in a vacuum-packed flat rectangle. As air enters through holes at the bottom, the lamp unfolds and stands without any internal structure. Made from a special plastic compound used in traditional Japanese Shoji screens, the paper exhibits wrinkles when folded, which become pronounced when illuminated.

vacuum-sealed flat pack blooms into tsubomi paper lamp by kazuhiro yamanaka
the project’s vacuumed packaging occupies minimum space | all images courtesy of Kazuhiro Yamanaka

 

 

the Tsubomi paper lamp draws inspiration from Japanese culture

 

Named after the Japanese word for bud, Tsubomi is lightweight and can maintain various shapes depending on how it is opened. Through his project, Kazuhiro Yamanaka challenges the notion that only perfect forms are beautiful. The paper can be plain white or feature a grid pattern highlighting the wrinkled appearance. These colored grids add a visual element while gently tinting the light and the surface it illuminates.

 

This project by the Tokyo-based designer reflects the traditional aesthetics of Shoji screens, used as doors, windows, or room dividers in Japanese architecture. The lamp’s design is rooted in the cultural heritage of Japan, combining contemporary functionality with traditional materials.

vacuum-sealed flat pack blooms into tsubomi paper lamp by kazuhiro yamanaka
traditional aesthetics of shoji screens are featured in the concept of the design

vacuum-sealed flat pack blooms into tsubomi paper lamp by kazuhiro yamanaka
Kazuhiro Yamanaka challenges the notion that only perfect forms are beautiful

vacuum-sealed flat pack blooms into tsubomi paper lamp by kazuhiro yamanaka
made from a special plastic compound, the paper exhibits wrinkles when folded

vacuum-sealed flat pack blooms into tsubomi paper lamp by kazuhiro yamanaka
the paper can be plain white or feature a grid pattern

vacuum-sealed flat pack blooms into tsubomi paper lamp by kazuhiro yamanaka
when illuminated, the paper wrinkles become pronounced

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the lamp is named after the japanese word for bud

vacuum-sealed flat pack blooms into tsubomi paper lamp by kazuhiro yamanaka
colored grids gently tint the light and the surface it illuminates

vacuumed-flat-pack-kazuhiro-yamanaka-tsubomi-paper-lamp-designboom-1800-03

Tsubomi is lightweight and can maintain various shapes

 

project info:

 

name: Tsubomi
designer: Kazuhiro Yamanaka | @kazuhiro_yamanaka

 

 

designboom has received this project from our DIY submissions feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

 

edited by: thomai tsimpou | designboom

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