What material to use for this Frank Lloyd Wright lamp shade?

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Forum topic by zippymorocco posted 10-04-2015 12:00 AM 962 views 1 time favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-04-2015 12:00 AM


I am planning to make a Frank Lloyd Wright inspired lamp. My inspiration comes from this floor lamp that I saw in a museum. I have everything figured out except for what to use and where to source the lamp shade material. Does anyone have an idea? It looked paper like. If possible I would like to stay true to the period but I don’t know what that would be.

Thank you.

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#1 posted 10-04-2015 12:43 PM

Try seersucker or another thin cotton fabric. Make sure it’s 100% cotton because polyester would melt. If you go to a good fabric store they should be able to help you further.

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#2 posted 10-04-2015 01:06 PM

Go to an art supply or craft store and look for thin plastic that looks like vellum or parchment. If you use fabric I doubt you could clean it easily when it gets dusty.

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#3 posted 10-04-2015 01:38 PM

How about Japanese lamp paper, shoji ?

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#4 posted 10-04-2015 09:22 PM

Thank you for the responses. I was thinking of something along the lines of vellum or parchment. However, I really like the sound of Shoji. I installed a Shoji door several years ago and it seemed very much like what I am looking for. I will request a few samples from the link waho6o9 provided. Thank you.

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#5 posted 10-24-2015 04:04 PM

I received the Shoji samples. This is the perfect material. Thank you for the suggestion.

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#6 posted 11-06-2015 12:07 PM

Looks like you have a solution. I would just add that I recently read about that lamp on a Wright discussion board and that indicated the lamp in your photo used silk for the shade. I know Wright’s lamps used a number of different fabrics, but the Shoji would be an excellent choice in my opinion.

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