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Starling Lamp

Fellow Minerva alumnus Marc van der Voorn designed this wonderful lamp.


Starling lamp


He designed it a few years back to be fair, but it only came to my attention recently. It was commissioned by Dutch label Odesi. The bird looks as if it will fly away any minute. I love how the chintz and delicate fabric of the lamp contrasts with the harsher appearance of the bird.

Funny how birds tend to play part in many Dutch designs.


Starling Lamp by Marc Th. van der Voorn


The Starling comes in four colours; cream, charcoal, olive and mahogany and costs €240 through the Odesi webshop.

Dimensions: ø 50 x 20 cm
Material: shade: Chintz / bird: RVS

Origami table by Tian Zhen

 “It all begins with folding of a paper crane at elementary school in China”. 

Thus quotes her website the Chinese born/Netherlands educated Tian Zhen. She applies the art of origami to many of her designs. In 2006 she graduated from Academie Minerva, my own Alma Mater, and started working with various studio’s and on the side pursued a career as a solo designer. 

Paper can carry the weight of much more than we think when folded with origami. In an earlier post Homevoyeurs highlighted the paper Flexible Love Chair by Korean designer Chishen Chiu. This sofa/seat design also makes use of paper folded and formed to give it enough strength to seat up to 16 people. Inspired by this magnificent quality of paper Tian designed the LOTUS side table. The glass top is made of plexiglas, and the ‘paper’ is actually Tyvek, a synthetic woven material also used in the building- and the automotive industries. 

Lotus side table by Tian Zhen


The table can be changed from one shape to another in only a few seconds. In total there are six unique shapes. 

Inspired? The Homvoyeurs web shop sells many books about Origami and paper art and design. One of them is  Unfolded; Paper in Design, Art, Architecture and Industry
By Petra Schmidt, Nicola Stattmann.

Unfolded: Paper in Design, Art, Architecture and Industry


In “Unfolded Paper in Design, Art, Architecture and Industry” paper conquers the third dimension and demonstrates the undreamed-of possibilities it holds today for lightweight construction, product design, fashion and art. From “Paper”, the collection of bags by Stefan Diez, to Konstantin Grcic s paper models and the scented paper garments of Issey Miyake, this book presents paper as a high-quality contemporary and ecological material. An enormous selection of projects, the lavish design and numerous illustrations provide designers with invaluable inspiration for their work. The content core of the book is a comprehensive list of state-of-the-art paper products and innovative paper technologies, supporting designers in their everyday work with detailed information on the “high-tech” material paper. From Japanese washi paper and paper foam, to ceramic paper and carbon fiber paper, “Unfolded” presents the latest in research and development, as well as the most important methods and technologies in handcrafts and industry.