What is washi? It is a type of old-school paper made in Japan: plant pulp and water are mixed and collected on screens, and after drying, fresh sheets of the stuff are pulled off. Though tissue-like in appearance, washi is reasonably tough, making its long production time worth the wait. Nendo chose this material as the base for their new Bi-Color Washi lamps. Why Bi-Color? The peculiar feature is that they color the lampshades only outside and leave them white inside. This is a perfect example of what good industrial design can accomplish: creating a unique, beautiful product by experimenting with materials and exploiting a company’s competitive manufacturing advantage.