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Remodelista Reconnaissance: Sculptural Table Lamps Made From Scrap Paper

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Remodelista Reconnaissance: Sculptural Table Lamps Made From Scrap Paper

November 3, 2023

An otherworldly table lamp keeps catching our attention. Curved and plant-like, it’s made from a material reminiscent of plaster. After spotting the design in chic settings in France over the last two years, we had to find out more.

The Sightings

the lamp first appeared in the merci department store&#8\2\17;s showcase ap 17
Above: The lamp first appeared in the Merci department store’s showcase apartment: see Lessons in Mixing and Matching: Merci Reinvents an 18th Century a Family Home in the 5ème. Photograph courtesy of Merci.
recently, the light cropped up in artist heather chontos&#8\2\17;s \17th ce 18
Above: Recently, the light cropped up in artist Heather Chontos’s 17th century Barn Studio in Southwest France. She told us she bought it in Morocco from a French artisan named Henri Dejeant. Photograph by Heather Chontos.
another henri dejeant lamp stands bedside in heather chontos&#8\2\17;s ston 19
Above: Another Henri Dejeant lamp stands bedside in Heather Chontos’s Stone Farmhouse. Photograph by Heather Chontos.

The Source

henri dejeant started making his lamps more than a decade ago while running a h 20
Above: Henri Dejeant started making his lamps more than a decade ago while running a hotel in a Berber village in southern Morocco with his cousin. Inspired by Moroccan craftsmanship and upcycling practices, he began experimenting with scrap paper and developed his own moldable version of papier maché; it was the material that led him to try his hand at lighting design.

Dejeant has since moved back to the south of France, where he grew up; his workshop, Henri Atelier, is in the small town of Béziers. He’s been building things since he was a boy—for his 11th birthday, he received a workbench that he still uses.

henri dejeant table lamp in kraft petite from merci, paris. 21Above: Dejeant makes his paper creations out of a proprietary mix of binders, which include plaster of paris and flour, and finishes them with a combination of waxes. “My goal,” he says, “is to maintain an ecological approach from creation to delivery.”

the invider medium, €4\29, is shown here in dejeant&#8\2\17;s own ho 22
Above: The Invider Medium, €429, is shown here in Dejeant’s own home. He sells his designs on his web shop and through a number of stores in France.

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Frequently asked questions

What materials is the lamp made of?

The lamp is made of paper mache, which is a mixture of paper and adhesive.

Who is the designer of these lamps?

The lamps are designed by Henri Dejeant.

Are the lamps handcrafted?

Yes, the lamps are handmade by skilled artisans.

What are the dimensions of the lamps?

The dimensions may vary slightly, but approximately they are 16 inches in height and 10 inches in diameter.

Do the lamps come with a light bulb?

No, the lamps do not come with a light bulb. You will need to purchase a bulb separately.

Can the lamp be used outdoors?

No, the lamp is intended for indoor use only.

How do I clean the lamp?

To clean the lamp, simply wipe it with a soft, dry cloth. Avoid using water or any cleaning agents.

Are these lamps suitable for children's rooms?

Yes, these lamps can be a great addition to children's rooms. Just make sure to place them out of reach of young children.

Do the lamps come with a warranty?

Yes, the lamps come with a one-year warranty against any manufacturing defects.

Can I return the lamp if I am not satisfied?

Yes, you can return the lamp within 30 days of purchase, as long as it is in its original condition and packaging.

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