Mitsue Kido’s Unusual Lamps

A Chilean architect of Japanese origin, Mitsue Kido’s collection of lamps is created by deconstructing traditional everyday objects.

Kido opened her first studio in 2012 and developed a series of installations inspired by the art of origami. This later translated into a passion for lamps which would eventually be exhibited in New York and Milan.

She is currently in Japan and is exploring the artisan tradition in the city if Kyoto, where she collaborates with several craftsmen. The essence of everyday objects are highlighted in the lamps, dramatically changing their function and resulting in a cultural reflection to the users. To achieve the desired effect, Kido has worked alongside artisans who adopt traditional techniques. The kanaami technique is often used for kitchenware and combines copper, bronze and steel resulting in concentric weaving patterns. Kido makes a floor lamp out of cypress wood using Japanese carpentry methods, evoking the country’s traditional landscapes. Another crafting technique she uses is furokishi, traditionally used for kimonos and consists of wrapping objects in cloth.

Mizuki lamp
Matsuata lamp
Kanaami kiku
Chasen lamp

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