The Mikado Lamp Spreads Its Wings
Created by Miguel Herranz, the Mikado lamp is named after the Spanish game of pick-up sticks. Can you see their spiny resemblance?
Its dynamic torsion and feathery-light feeling are created by two reconstructed, stamped wooden veneer sheets twisted into a double-8 formation, with lengths of wood splaying outward which impart a leafy, organic quality. These frond-like features also give the shade depth of volume and three-dimensional richness that shifts with the viewer's angle.
The translucent veneer allows the grain of the wood to be seen, illuminated by the central, frosted low-energy bulb. Reinforced with a polyester finish, the flexibility of the wooden strips is apparent in the buoyant movement and overall lightness of the piece.
These airy lamps are available in three different styles - a floor and suspended version, as well as an award-winning mini table lamp. They also come in several different finishes: cherry, yellow, green and grey among them. Starting price for the Mikado is around $950.