Nakashima Inspired Lamps

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Project by djg posted 06-11-2015 07:07 PM 1664 views 14 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So all it took was my wife saying “maybe we should get new lamps”....Used some steam bending, some power tools, some hand tools and voila…3 lamps with the same shades and different bases. The inspiration for the shade was from Nakashima’s lamps. I added some carved detailing to the uprights on the shade for textural interest. Most of the joinery is hand cut, with the exception of the segmented circles and rings used for the shades. The lamps are made from air dried local newfoundland birch and some kiln dried walnut. Hope you like them…..although, my wife likes them so thats probably all that matters!

-- DJG

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#1 posted 06-11-2015 07:55 PM

Very nice.

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#2 posted 06-11-2015 08:17 PM

These are very attractive. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#3 posted 06-11-2015 08:56 PM

Made in the Japanese spirit,nicely done!

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#4 posted 06-11-2015 09:38 PM

Nicely done.


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#5 posted 06-11-2015 10:45 PM

Beautiful lamps! (I like the hanging floor lamp the best). And as they say “Happy wife, happy life.” :)

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#6 posted 06-11-2015 10:51 PM

I really like these lamps. Can you tell us what the translucent shade material is?

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#7 posted 06-11-2015 11:49 PM

Well, I certainly like them! I’ll bet they look great at night!

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#8 posted 06-12-2015 12:06 AM

The screen material is a laminated shoji screen paper from They have a nice selection but this one stood out to me. The random thread pattern is very pronounced and gives the shade some nice texture.

-- DJG

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#9 posted 06-12-2015 03:10 AM

Wow beautiful, calming design. Love the details on the texture. Any chance to see pictures with light on?

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#10 posted 06-12-2015 02:03 PM

thanks for sharing.


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#11 posted 10-29-2015 11:52 AM

Love it! especially the desk lamp im gonna have to use that design its very nice!

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#12 posted 10-29-2015 12:14 PM

the shoji paper casts a beautiful glow. I find that traditional lamps provide good lighting but they usually cast a bright spot downwards and a bright spot on the ceiling. The lighting from these lamps is significantly different.

-- DJG

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