A reading lamp with a shadow effect from wayang leather pattern
The reading lamp is inspired by the traditional Indonesian shadow play ‘wayang kulit’ that is recognized by the UNESCO as a world heritage. Ancient tales are told by the puppet master who moves the puppets in front of a screen with the audience watching the shadow play from the other side. Wayang kulit entertains but also educates people about their roles in society. The Bayang Lamp connects the tradition with modern life by providing light for the user to read and creating the intimate atmosphere that the wayang kulit delivers.
The armature is made of wayang leather covered by fabric. The fine patterns on the leather are carved out by hand in a careful process. The lamp is humble yet sophisticated, like the Javanese culture.
One only see the highlight, the shadow play on the screen, when the light is switched on.