ISSUE 43  |  Lessons from Japan

A Modern Take on Tradition: The Basket Lamp from Nendo

October 29, 2014 3:00 PM

BY Julie Carlson

Have you ever admired the intricate wirework of classic handwoven Japanese cooking utensils, art objects in their own right? We have, so we took note when Tokyo design studio Nendo, in collaboration with Kyoto metal-weaving company Kanaami-Tsuji, released the Basket Lamp. Inspired by the handwoven wire netting of Japanese cooking utensils made by Kyoto artisans for centuries, the pendant lights cast spider-web-like shadows and float ethereally overhead (they’re especially appealing when grouped).

Above: Currently the lights are available only through Seibu department stores, in Japan; ¥50,709 (approximately $470).

Above: A trio of black powder-coated copper Basket Lamps.

Above: A view from below.

Above: The lamps are also available with a white powder-coated finish.

Adding new Lighting is an easy way to transform a room. Take a look at these designs (several of them woven):