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ANTHONY DICKENS design file


Modular lantern system Tekiõ from London-based Anthony Dickens Studio proved a highlight of this year’s Clerkenwell Design Week.


From its prime position, framed by the win- dows of the Farmiloe Building at the heart of this year’s Clerkenwell Design Week, a new piece from the studio of designer Anthony Dickens turned heads and stopped passers-by. Tekiõ - a continuous, Japanese- inspired modular lantern system - had been woven through the dusty Victorian ware- house space.


The shapes formed - long stretches and effortless geometric turns - coupled with the even glow of paper from between fine bamboo ribs, make for an appealing combi- nation. Tekiõ was created as a visual calling card for Dickens’ studio; a self brief project that would not only allow his team to flex its creative muscles but also act as a starting


point for discussions with new clients and fresh markets. “Tekiõ came about because I wanted to do an exhibition to show off the studio’s thinking, what we could do and how we apply ideas to material, structures and process,” he explains.


Faced with the infinite possibilities of an open brief, the team decided to work on creating a light piece and, as their starting point, took the idea of a simple spherical shape. Out of this process emerged the concept of a continuous lantern form that could be extended and adapted to suit any space.


Following in the footsteps of sculptor Isamu Noguchi, whose Akari lamps applied a stripped back, modernist aesthetic to tradi- tional Japanese lantern making, Dickens has


created a system of modular elements that can be combined to fit a host of contempo- rary applications. Inside Tekiõ’s paper tubes is a metal spine: a series of extendable pole sections, joined together by hinges that can be locked at any angle from straight to 90 degrees. Once the desired shape has been constructed, the sections of paper shades are pulled around it. One end of the shade attaches to the frame and the other clicks magnetically to its neighbour. The simplicity of the proc- ess offers the possibility of later changes as well as easy access to the light sources within. Edison screw fittings are attached to the central frame, allowing a choice of CFL or LED sources and ensuring the lantern provides enough illumination to perform as


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