Japanese artist Yukiko Morita always loved bread. Not only was it delicious but there was something about that special combination of flour and yeast that produced wonderful flavors, beautiful tones, and adorable shapes that make people feel warm inside. This profound passion for pan (Japanese for bread and was borrowed from Portuguese) eventually led Morita down a unique path that combined lighting design and baking.
We originally discovered the artist at Tokyo Design Week back in 2014. Since then, Morita has made significant progress in making her one-of-a-kind lamps more accessible. She set up an online shop where she sells battery and wall-socket lamps. She’s developed some wonderful packaging design for them, and she even ships overseas. She also appeared at the trade show Maison & Objet in Paris over the weekend.
You can read more about Morita and he pan passion project here but yes, each lamp is made from actual bread and is preserved in a coating of resin.