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Turning Japanese for Origami light shades

origami lampshade in orange

We’ve been waiting with anticipation for the arrival of these beautiful origami light shades. A paper lamp shade design which offers a visual hybrid between the traditional concept of origami and one of our favourite styles: geometric. We think you’ll agree that the combination of ancient art and stylish contemporary features are simply stunning.

Origami light shades have officially arrived

With five designs of origami lampshades available; each a different colour and shape, we’re really embracing the uniqueness of origami styling. Each design features white contrasting hand-folded creases and pleats, making the geometric lines really pop which I think really emphasises the evolution of the origami art from into the 21st century.

In spite of the clean, uniformed and geometric lines of these origami lampshades, the light is far from harsh. The heavyweight paper diffuses the light from your bulb to give a soft warm glow in your room.

Each origami light shade comes flat packed in a beautifully presented, colour-matched box… But have no fear, you don’t have to have a certificate in paper folding to assemble your new lighting. Simply unfold the lantern style shade and clip together using the magnetic fastenings. It is really that easy, believe me I’m far from handy when it comes to DIY and I assembled it with ease.

The history of the origami behind our lampshades

origami paper butterfly


And now for the history part… A bit of research suggests that origami has been around since as early as the 6th century – however it seems this is a globally disputed ‘fact’ so who really knows. And although the common belief is that origami originated in China, there is evidence to suggest that Europe and Egypt have equal claim to the paper folding phenomenon. Whatever you choose to believe, the presence of origami is indisputable and it is still as prevalent today as it was then…although its purpose has changed somewhat.

Gone are the days of recycling luxurious handmade paper remnants into miniature folded sculptures. 2016 is all about reworking origami and incorporating it in to our home and interiors…Let me introduce the origami light shade.

My favourite origami light shade

I have to be honest, I found it really difficult to whittle down to my favourite origami light shade. It probably doesn’t help that I’m the most indecisive human in the world, but they are all really beautiful and completely different. But if I HAD to choose just one I think I would (eventually) decide on the blue!

Origami Lampshade Blue

The duck-egg bluey grey tones of this paper shade combined with the tall structure creates an elegant aesthetic wholly reinforced by the vertical concertina pattern. This moody and dramatic variation is perfect for a statement lighting feature within a dining room of similar tones. To complete the look use a length of our super cool fabric cable and a light bulb then you’re ready to go.

origami light shades

I’m also a fan of the orange light shade which I think appeals to my inner child! It’s a beautiful warm and intense shade of orange and its shape takes me back to my childhood. Maybe it’s memories of days spent playing with spinning tops at my grandma’s house – I’m not (quite) old enough to have had one of my own! I think this retro shade would work wonderfully as a statement against muted neutral shades… Think vintage Scandi and 1970’s prints. Worryingly, I’m now craving the 1970’s brown mugs that my grandma still owns!

The other paper lamp shade options

The green origami light shade is simply stunning. Its lovely soft apple green hue with its Japanese-like aesthetic immediately echoes its ancient heritage. I think this shade would look perfect in a minimalist interior. Perhaps against white walls for a fresh and crisp look that’s not too strong.

In contrast to this, the dark grey origami shade is a stunningly striking geometric dream. The diagonal white pleats and creases intensify the shadows created by the concertina, adding a Gothic twist to the shade. Personally, I think this paper lamp shade would work perfectly as a statement piece placed in a relaxed, laid-back interior. Contrasting it against natural materials and neutral textures would really reinforce its contemporary design.

The yellow origami light shade, to me is reminiscent of more traditional paper lantern designs in shape. However, the geometric detailing contrasts with this beautifully; adding a contemporary variation to the tradition of origami. Because the mustard yellow shade is again rather 1970’s: pairing it with toning colours will create a beautifully Orla Kiely-esque interior. It also reminds me a little of an orange…but hey, what’s not to like about oranges?

origami lampshades


In summary, I think these origami lampshades are delightfully versatile. The fact that the range is so diverse means you can have different style in each of your rooms. Why not try mixing and matching a few varying shapes and colours side by side? Hang them at different heights to pay homage to the origami trend whilst creating truly beautiful lighting features. Don’t forget your fabric cable and light bulbs!

Don’t forget to tag us in your photos of these origami light shades on Instagram. We love to see how you’re using our products!

Written by: Keren

Keren loves tea, tattoos, dinosaurs and all things Gothic. An eclectic mix of interests we think you'll agree, but she fits right in here! Keren is part of our ever expanding marketing team and supports Lyz in all things copy related.