Designer: Catherine Merrick

Collaborators: Aio


The Wai Wai weavers have a bold aesthetic and highly evolved graphic language, and I didn’t want to fight it with a complicated profile. This lamp emulates the simplicity of Japanese paper lanterns, and follows the Wai Wai constraint of weaving square to round. According to their definitions, the straights lines are fence posts, the wavy lines are bee wings, and the crosses are stars. It is interesting to note that their imagery is totally symbolic. Though they reference the physical world around them, the objects illustrated (dogs, rabbit teeth, fence posts, ect.) are laid out without spacial relationships to one another or any reference to a scene.