We believe that local handicraft carries the genes of cultural identity. Be it eye-catching lights made from bamboo or hand woven pillows, the designers of AY ILLUMINATE always work with what they find in nature and cultures around the world. In close cooperation with artisans in Asia and Africa they explore the natural materials and traditional skills at hand. This results in contemporary, organically shaped designs, created by local techniques in natural materials. AY ILLUMINATE’s products celebrate the unique beauty of traditional handicrafts around the globe.
We’re delighted to present Ori, co-designed by MASAECO’s designer Wataru Sakuma and Ay Lin Heinen. This charming light is made of recycled paper, such as discarded newspapers. It has its origins in the Japanese art of paper folding, origami. Each single paper sheet is made by hand. Folded open, Ori is wavy and curvy and spreads a magical and soothing light thanks to its natural colour tones.