The Kokeshi Lamp is Reminiscent of the Popular Japanese Collectible

By: Elise Ying-Hei Ho - Published: Nov 6, 2012 • References: yankodesign
Foscarini's Kokeshi Lamp draws some of its design from one of Japan's most popular collectible dolls. In Japan, kokeshi dolls are mostly handmade and painted to reflect a small child. Though their origins are not particularly clear, they have become a popular collectible item in Japan and for tourists as well. The dolls, like Foscarini's Kokeshi Lamp, have enlarged heads and tall slim cylindrical bodies.

Inspired by the Japanese dolls along with the culture, the lamp resembles a simplified old-fashioned lantern and reflects a sleek minimalist finish. The minimalist exterior is emphasized by Foscarini in that there are no other distractions when appreciating the design, featuring only the head or frosted lamp shade, and the body. Available in red, green, ivory and grey, the body is the only aesthetic color in the design.