Wire netting (‘kana-ami’) cooking utensils made by Kyoto artisans have been employed to create Kyoto’s delicate, exquisite cuisine for over a thousand years. Japanese studio Nendo created this lighting fixture in collaboration with Kanaami-Tsuji, a Kyoto-based wire netting firm that preserves the craft’s traditions and develops it for contemporary living and future generations.

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The design allows the handcrafted shade’s beautiful woven pattern to reflect on the ceiling. Nendo finished the surface with a powder paint to bring out the silhouette even more beautifully.

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Kyoto wire netting’s design is said to have originated with the beauty of the shadow of the wire netting used to lift blocks of tofu from boiling water in a famous Kyoto dish, yudofu.

The Basket-Lamp collection is sold at Seibu department stores in Japan exclusively.

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all images © AKIHIRO YOSHIDA

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