There’s something warm and friendly about a lampshade made of paper or carton. It’s the way the light shines, or even better, glows. The lampshade always has a naturel look. When I saw these paper lamps I was immediately hooked. Because of the design, the ingenious pattern and construction and use of material. And here I go again, it’s upcycle design!
Incredible beauty of paper lamps
Dutch designer Carla Peters | Wonderable, created these lamps, the ‘Hallelujah‘ series. The lamps are made of waste paper obtained from a Vietnamese printer, in the same manner as classic Vietnamese garlands. Each Hallelujah consists of 500 colourful sheets – leftover covers for a local glossy magazine. Each sheet is printed with lines of glue and stuck to the one before it. When the stack is thick enough, it is cut into the right shape and the first sheet glued to the last. The Hallelujah lamps give off a fine, colourful filtered light. Since no two magazines are the same, each lamp has a colour mood all its own.
After working as a designer for a number of clients, in 2009 Carla Peters made her dream a reality. Wonderable allows her to combine her knowledge of original, exotic crafts techniques with her ideas about design and décor. “Based in the Netherlands, we place our design talent and marketing expertise at the service of traditional craftspeople from faraway lands. In this way we contribute to the creation of skilled jobs and prosperity for people in these countries. I love working with others to make beautiful products in a beautiful way. Ideally, everyone who’s involved in my designs should benefit. When I’m able to make that happen, I’m thrilled.”
Wonderable sources from small-scale, independent producers in faraway lands that operate under the guidelines of Fair Trade.
Design by Carla Peters | Wonderable