A Poetic Design; Kurage

Kurage is a lighting fixture created through a collaboration with Italian designer Luca Nichetto for Foscarini. In a process and format similar to the Japanese poetry genre known as tanka (‘short poem’), in which the top three lines generate a further two-line response, we took turns coming up with a basic concept, which we then passed over to the other person to use as inspiration, and to further expand and develop. Kurage is being shown at Salone del Mobile, which is one of the most important design events in the world now.

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The lamp’s soft light, together with the paper fibres that it accentuates when lit, is reminiscent of a floating jellyfish, bringing out a new expressive quality to the piece.

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