Developing a personal interest in Japanese heritage and aesthetics, Chilean architect Mitsue Kido presents her striking collection of lamps created through a deconstruction of traditional everyday objects. Kido developed a series of installations and works inspired by the art of origami, which much later transformed into a passion for lamps.
By creating those lamps, Mitsue Kido highlights the essence of the everyday objects by dramatically altering their functions and therefore offering a new cultural reflection to the users. In order to achieve that effect, the architect has worked alongside artisans who adopt traditional techniques like kanaami. Typically used for kitchenware, this approach combines copper, bronze and steel to produce concentric weaving patterns. Furthermore, using Japanese carpentry methods, she uses cypress wood to complete a floor lamp made out of three parts and evoking the country’s traditional landscapes. Other crafting techniques includes furokishi, typically employed for kimonos, which consists of wrapping objects in cloth.