Inspired by traditional Japanese ‘Chōchin’ paper lanterns, which date back to the 10th century, and my travels to the Far East in 2010, Te kiō derives its name from the Japanese word for ‘adaptation’.    
       
     
       
     
 Teki ō ’s innovation is flexibility. Inside each paper tube is a frame with connecting hinges that can be locked anywhere from straight to ninety degrees.  Image © Jim Stephenson
       
     
 The frames are then connected in series to create any desired shape. The paper sections are supported by the frame, but can easily be separated to access the choice of LED or CFL bulbs.  Image © Jim Stephenson
       
     
 Customers have the freedom to construct the light as they wish, from a semicircular wall light to a large looped installation.  Image © Jim Stephenson
       
     
 Tekiō offers the opportunity for complete creativity allowing the owner to adopt the role of designer of the finished product.
       
     
 Technical Details:  Tosa Washi - 28gsm paper  1.5mm centre cane with spun steal frame Starch paste = 3% PVA Overall shade size 250mm dia x 520mm  Rare earth magnets Internal aluminium structural frame Light source is CLF or LED depending on requirements.   A standard ES/E27 fitting is used.
       
     
 Te kiō at London's Design Museum for Designs of the Year 2013.   Image © Luke Hayes
       
     
Tekio viewing by Anthony Dickens.jpg
       
     
Tekio Oround by Anthony Dickens.jpg
       
     
 We started the project in 2010. At that time there was no information we could find to guide our production process.
       
     
 It took over 6 months of trial and error. 
       
     
 Every aspect of the production process was refined with successive adaptations to the mould and material treatments.  
       
     
 We were able simplify the traditional process of Chōchin making by using a single sheet of paper. Chōchin usually have a variety of curved profiles which result in having to use 8 or 9 strips of paper.
       
     
 Our converted wardrobe to assist in drying, enabling production of between 8 and 9 shades a day.
       
     
Tekio Dry Before Jig Removal.jpg
       
     
Tekio Folding Spiral.jpg
       
     
Tekio Shades.jpg
       
     
 Inspired by traditional Japanese ‘Chōchin’ paper lanterns, which date back to the 10th century, and my travels to the Far East in 2010, Te kiō derives its name from the Japanese word for ‘adaptation’.    
       
     

Inspired by traditional Japanese ‘Chōchin’ paper lanterns, which date back to the 10th century, and my travels to the Far East in 2010, Tekiō derives its name from the Japanese word for ‘adaptation’.

 

       
     

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 Teki ō ’s innovation is flexibility. Inside each paper tube is a frame with connecting hinges that can be locked anywhere from straight to ninety degrees.  Image © Jim Stephenson
       
     

Tekiō’s innovation is flexibility. Inside each paper tube is a frame with connecting hinges that can be locked anywhere from straight to ninety degrees.

Image © Jim Stephenson

 The frames are then connected in series to create any desired shape. The paper sections are supported by the frame, but can easily be separated to access the choice of LED or CFL bulbs.  Image © Jim Stephenson
       
     

The frames are then connected in series to create any desired shape. The paper sections are supported by the frame, but can easily be separated to access the choice of LED or CFL bulbs.

Image © Jim Stephenson

 Customers have the freedom to construct the light as they wish, from a semicircular wall light to a large looped installation.  Image © Jim Stephenson
       
     

Customers have the freedom to construct the light as they wish, from a semicircular wall light to a large looped installation.

Image © Jim Stephenson

 Tekiō offers the opportunity for complete creativity allowing the owner to adopt the role of designer of the finished product.
       
     

Tekiō offers the opportunity for complete creativity allowing the owner to adopt the role of designer of the finished product.

 Technical Details:  Tosa Washi - 28gsm paper  1.5mm centre cane with spun steal frame Starch paste = 3% PVA Overall shade size 250mm dia x 520mm  Rare earth magnets Internal aluminium structural frame Light source is CLF or LED depending on requirements.   A standard ES/E27 fitting is used.
       
     

Technical Details:

Tosa Washi - 28gsm paper 
1.5mm centre cane with spun steal frame
Starch paste = 3% PVA
Overall shade size 250mm dia x 520mm 
Rare earth magnets
Internal aluminium structural frame
Light source is CLF or LED depending on requirements.  
A standard ES/E27 fitting is used.

 Te kiō at London's Design Museum for Designs of the Year 2013.   Image © Luke Hayes
       
     

Tekiō at London's Design Museum for Designs of the Year 2013.

Image © Luke Hayes

Tekio viewing by Anthony Dickens.jpg
       
     
Tekio Oround by Anthony Dickens.jpg
       
     
 We started the project in 2010. At that time there was no information we could find to guide our production process.
       
     

We started the project in 2010. At that time there was no information we could find to guide our production process.

 It took over 6 months of trial and error. 
       
     

It took over 6 months of trial and error. 

 Every aspect of the production process was refined with successive adaptations to the mould and material treatments.  
       
     

Every aspect of the production process was refined with successive adaptations to the mould and material treatments.  

 We were able simplify the traditional process of Chōchin making by using a single sheet of paper. Chōchin usually have a variety of curved profiles which result in having to use 8 or 9 strips of paper.
       
     

We were able simplify the traditional process of Chōchin making by using a single sheet of paper. Chōchin usually have a variety of curved profiles which result in having to use 8 or 9 strips of paper.

 Our converted wardrobe to assist in drying, enabling production of between 8 and 9 shades a day.
       
     

Our converted wardrobe to assist in drying, enabling production of between 8 and 9 shades a day.

Tekio Dry Before Jig Removal.jpg
       
     
Tekio Folding Spiral.jpg
       
     
Tekio Shades.jpg