Examples of paper folding based arts and crafts are known to have been present in Europe and China though the art was never taken seriously enough for it to actually leave an impact on the cultures of these regions. The exact origin of origami has been disputed though it is known that the art had become an integral part of Shinto wedding ceremonies by 700 AD. The art remains highly prized in Japan and is now being integrated into modern life in the guide of functional elements like this innovative set of Origami Lights. As its name suggests, the shade of the light fixture is made of recycled cotton paper that is folded into an intricate shape to give the lamp a delicate look.
The origami folding light fixture is designed by artist Jiangmei Wu who used his own interpretation of the ancient art to create the stunning lampshade. The organic material used for its construction means that it is far more sustainable than regular lamp shades. The designer actually sends the lamp shades packed flat which makes it convenient to transport and the buyer can assemble it home using the given instructions. This also allows the users to dismantle the shade when it gets dirty, clean it, fold it up again and make his lampshade stay new-looking for longer.
Entirely self-supportive when folded, the origami lamp uses LED lamps to make the light fixture even more environment-friendly. Even though the designer has not specified it, we do believe that using an incandescent or traditional light bulb with this lampshade will cause it to yellow up or even burn down as they emit far more heat than LED lamps. The Origami Folding Lamp is available in a number of sizes and makes which allows it to be used as a set.