Covetsy: Studio Snowpuppe

In my regular column, Covetsy, where I searched the fringes and dark corners of the marketplace site to find products that I really like, I’m uncovering something which has been seen a fair few times before…Studio Snowpuppe’s folded paper lampshades.

This small scale production and design house has a fascination with paper and light. With the increase in popularity of energy-saving lightbulbs, the designers at Snowpuppe were caused with concern by the cold light that glows from many of the bulbs when illuminated. By adding a layer of paper around the light created a filter through which they could change the colour and add warmth to the light making a cosy environment.

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Hailing from Northern Europe made this subject matter a topic they wanted to tackle as for part of the year they find themselves relying upon artificial light when the dark Winter months descended. This was the starting point for Nellianna and Kenneth, the two designers behind Studio Snowpuppe who experimented with paper diamond shapes and developed the origami paper lampshades.

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Their popular Chestnut lampshade was inspired by Chestnuts and has a cornered outside and a curved inside that you would not expect when glancing at the outside. Snowpuppe compare it to the first time you open a chestnut and see that it is very round and curved on the inside. At £77 though, this is a pricey shade but a very inexpensive shade if used as a feature over a coffee or dining table.

Daniel

Having worked in design for the past decade, Daniel started ateliertally.com as a discussion of timeless, modernist product design. Trained as a graphic designer, he also has an avid interest in typography. You can follow him on Twitter @ateliertally.

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