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Kokeshi-Inspired Lighting

Doll by Ionna Vautrin Pays Tribute to Japanese Culture

— January 30, 2013 — Art & Design
Doll by Ionna Vautrin, a designer based in Paris, France, is a simple light fixture that was inspired by the traditional Japanese doll known as kokeshi. Although there is but a shadow of resemblance between this lamp and those figurines, the cylindrical body and bulbous head of the light does offer a similar silhouette. Also, the kokeshi figurine is handmade from wood, which is translated in the modern materials of the lamp.

Crossed with the aesthetic of the typical oil lamp, Doll by Ionna Vautrin is made out of polycarbonate, ABS and blown-glass. In line with the French designer's past creations including the Lexon Mezzo Radio and especially the Binic Lamp, it is rife with cute character. It was made for Foscarini.
Trend Themes
1. Kokeshi-inspired Design - There is potential for designers to incorporate the simple and whimsical appeal of Japanese kokeshi dolls into furniture and decor.
2. Blending of Traditional and Modern Materials - Opportunities exist for the fusion of traditional materials such as wood with modern materials like polycarbonate and ABS in product design, particularly in the home goods and furniture industries.
3. Characterful Lighting - Lighting fixtures with character and a whimsical aesthetic, similar to that which is seen in the Doll fixture, could be popular in the home decor and lighting industries.
Industry Implications
1. Home Goods - The doll fixture demonstrates opportunities for unique and playful design elements in the home goods industry, especially in lighting and decorative objects.
2. Furniture - Furniture designers could be inspired by the fusion of traditional and modern materials in the Doll fixture to create pieces with both a contemporary and classic feel.
3. Lighting - Characterful and whimsical lighting fixtures inspired by traditional objects, such as the kokeshi doll in the Doll fixture, could be popular and innovative additions to the lighting industry.
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