Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Origami Lampshades - Ilan Garibi

Cube Lamps
Photo: Hanani Roichman

Back in the day when this blog hadn't yet picked up steam, origami artist Ilan Garibi kindly permitted me to feature his ahh-may-zing creations and answered interview questions. Really, check out that post if you have an interest in origami and a few minutes to spare.

Table Lamp
Photo: Albi Serfaty

Recently I was delighted to hear from Ilan again. He's currently collaborating with Ofir Zuker and Albi Serfaty of Aqua Creations, a well-known Israeli lighting & furniture design atelier. Ilan uses elephant hide paper to fold intricate tesselations that are perfectly fitted onto contemporary mahogany lamp bases. Can you imagine how many hours are required to create the molecules of each shade? And no, it's not real elephant hide, but that's what the strong, forgiving paper is called.

Floor Lamp
Photo: Albi Serfaty

I was curious how the innovative collaboration came about. Rather quickly, as it turns out! Ilan told me that several of his works were noticed in a Tel Aviv gallery this past November by Aqua Creations designers. Within days he had met with them, and by mid-April, the lamp collection was presented at Zona Tortona during 2011 Milan Design Week.

Wall Lamp
Photo: Albi Serfaty

Wishing you and Aqua Creations continued success, Ilan.

And speaking of crazy-good, paper-related creations... I don't want you to miss seeing this record player wedding invitation that has been circulating the internets recently... so if you've not come across it in your travels, click the link to see/hear the details. Few invitations are personalized to such a clever extent!


  1. Fabulous. I'd like one of each!

  2. Those shades are so cool. What a great look.

  3. I saw that invitation and it blew my mind!!! The things people come up with. I loved it! I remember being a little girl and playing records and always being afraid that I'd scratch them. What an awesome thing that they not only created their own song but then proceeded to make such a cool and innovative invite.

  4. I noticed Ilan's work on Flickr a while back, and corresponded with him a bit. He was incredibly modest about his work -- which is INCREDIBLE. Totally amazing stuff. I'm so glad for his success and join you in wishing him the very best of luck!!

  5. This are absolutely beautiful! I am off to share with my Facebook and Twitter friends!

  6. These are amazing works of art. I have got to know so many artists and different papers through your blog:)


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