Another neat design that caught our eye at Tokyo Design Week is the Pampshade. Taking the word pan – bread in Japanese, derived from the Portuguese word pao – and combining it with the word lampshade (why wouldn’t you?) yields the Pampshade.
It all started back in 2006 when Yukiko Morita, a teenager at the time, got a part-time job working at a small bakery in Kyoto. It was there that she discovered her passion for bread and yeast.
“I love bread. Bread is cute,” she says. “I want to display it in my room and stare at it.” However, bread’s (and all food, for that matter) decompositional properties kept her from doing this. So, Morita began working on a bread prototype that could double as interior design.
Morita enrolled in art school in 2008 but after she graduated she once again began focusing her efforts on the pampshade. And now, at Tokyo Design Week, her labors of love were on display in a series of lamps made from loaves of bread and then covered in a layer of resin. The ingredients for her creations, says Morita, are “Bread flour, salt, yeast, LED, batteries,” and some other secret ingredients she won’t share.
this post is part of a series of posts on the 2014 Tokyo Designers Week. You can find them all archived here.