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Handfolded Metal Lampshades

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    Steel and copper lampshade
  • These lampshades are hand folded out of steel and copper plate.
    Off course you can deep draw almost any shape out of metal plate, but my challenge in this design was to do what seems unlogic and almost impossible; traditional folding in steel.

    Some of the folds made in this lampshades are impossible to make with a folding machine, but are now made using hands, glue clamps and a piece of wood.

    The perforations made in the lampshade are both functional (to make the folding a little easier) and decorative based on traditional maroccan lampshades.

    The steel lampshade (on the cover) has a diameter of 95cm and a hight of 40cm.
    The copper version has a diameter of 25 cm.

    These lampshades were totally handmade, from the sawing/cutting, drilling of the holes to the folding and popping of the final form.
    I'm still developing this design and also looking for a factory(in Holland has the preferance) that can laser cut/water cut the crease pattern of the lampshades in copper, so if you have any tips or advise, it's very welkom!