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Fold Your Own: 3D Lampshade Animals in Paper

Tuesday 02.19.2013 , Posted by
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For anyone who’s a fan of a little DIY, these lampshades will both warm your heart and brighten your home. Created by the duo Maik Parfahl and Wolfgang List of the interdisciplinary design/sound/architecture collective mostlikely, the collection features a managery of faceted animal heads you fold into 3D form yourself.

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The two designers had the goal of creating a complex object at a low price… and they have succeeded briliantly, winning the Découvertes MAISON&OBJET 2012 prize at the Maison&Objet show in Paris. The lampshades are initially designed as a complex 3D computer model, then transformed into flat planes with tabs for gluing added. After the plan is printed on heavy duty paper the design is sent to its happy customer to cut out and assemble.

Many of the designs can be floor, desk or pendant mounted, but they aren’t just lampshades: the multipurpose designs can also function as sculptures and even fantastic masks. At 35€ per shade, the price is reasonable considering all the fun of constructing them yourself. You’ll find more (including an insanely huge and expensive Viennese Basilisk sculpture) at Etsy.com.

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