Woven Leather Akob Lamp by Tjiang Supertini

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In this digital era, we find ourselves favoring the convenience of technology over manual processes. However, Tjiang Supertini demonstrates that the difference between past and present need not be a choice, but a productive synergy. Akob Lamp, which combines the 21st –century technique of lasercutting with a traditional Indonesian weaving method in its fabrication process, features leather strips woven together in a slot-joint system around a mold. Afterward, each piece is boiled – yes, boiled in water – and left to dry so that the leather shrinks to form stronger weaves. The shape of the lamp is fun yet simple, and the weaves create a perforated shade around the lamp’s light source to provide the perfect amount of light. Akob is part of the “VS” project, a joint effort between furniture manufacturer Air Division and Singapore’s Nangyang Academy of the Arts.

 

Kimberly

Kimberly

Kimberly is a graduate from MIT's Department of Architecture, and has recently joined the publication team at MIT OpenCourseWare. While architecture remains her first love, her interests encompass literature – epic poetry and Medieval romances are her favorite – and also fashion.

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