Orikomi paper lampshade collection by blaanc

September 23rd, 2014 by retail design blog

Orikomi is a lightweight lampshade, made of high quality paper, created and carefully hand-crafted by the architectural studio – blaanc. Despite its complex, origami-inspired construction, Orikomi is simple to hang and serves much more than an aesthetic purpose: a portion of the sales profits of each piece goes to the Adobe for Women non-profit association, which empowers women in Mexico to build their own homes and earn a viable living.

Orikomi was created in November 2013 and since then it is sold worldwide, through several shops, from Fab.com to Heal’s and Monoqi. Orikomi’s form is simple and elegant in its visual effect, yet complex to create. It is suitable to light a variety of spaces in the home. Also available in the Orikomi collection are packs of 3 tealights which make the perfect home decoration.

blaanc is a young design team created in 2008, based in Lisbon and Rio de Janeiro. After winning two international awards, their work is divided between Portugal, Brazil, Mexico and Ghana and includes international conferences, exhibitions and more than seventy publications worldwide, from Brazil to India, USA or Sweden. One of blaanc’s main goals is to work with sustainable building and eco-affordable designs, with a special approach in contributing to better living conditions. In 2011, they co-founded the non-profit humanitarian association Adobe for Women, which is based on three fundamental pillars: Construction, Sustainability and Empowerment. Adobe for Women seeks to build sustainably for those who are in need ensuring the development of construction techniques that are useful in their daily routine as well as becoming a viable source of income.

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