Inspired by the idyllic Dutch seaside, Amsterdam-based Etsy shop VasiliLights crafts paper lamp shades exquisitely shaped like aquatic animals. Specializing in DIY coverings, the shop offers a sea of easy-to-assemble paper creations that add an underwater touch to any room.
Featuring geometric contours and an origami-like aesthetic, the paper lamp shades double as functioning fixtures and contemporary works of art. Each piece is made of high-quality and brightly colored paper that has been carefully and creatively pierced. When illuminated, the lamp shade emits a soft glow, while bright beams of light radiate from its perforations. This “timeless, elegant, and durable” aesthetic pairs perfectly with the sea creatures that have inspired them, from graceful goldfish to gliding sea turtles.
As a collaboration between architects and designers Vasili Popow and Lidiya Koloyarskaya, VasiliLights showcases a meaningful approach to interior design. When crafting their lamps, Popow and Koloyarskaya couple their artistic talents with their love of “the wild nature of the sea, its great wide sounds, [and] its noise and rhythm.” This well-rounded practice culminates in a collection of pieces that is both beautifully designed and conceptually fascinating.
If you’d like to purchase your own nautical lampshade, visit VasiliLights’ Etsy shop. And, if DIY projects don’t float your boat, they also offer a selection of already-assembled pieces.