Tekiò, the Japanese word for adaptation, merges ancient artisan techniques with Warm to Dim LED technology that enables control of intensity and colour temperature. Tekiò combines traditional and avant-garde in a unique and contemporary design, featuring modern lighting structures carefully dressed in handmade paper.
London designer Anthony Dickens was inspired by the traditional Japanese lantern made from washi paper, which dates back to the 14th century and is now an everyday object in the life of the Japanese. The paper, used by Isamu Noguchi to create the famous Akari lamps, has been inscribed on UNESCs List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Washi is resilient and ductile, even malleable. It has a warm texture that filters in a soft, gentle light. Santa & Cole relies on the hands of experts in the Japanese city of Mito for manufacturing the paper, one of the cities specialised in its production.
After founding his first studio in 1998, Anthony Dickens founded Studio Make Believe in 2015, designing objects that express simple narratives and reimagine the everyday things that surround us. He creates objects that solve problems for some of the world’s leading brands including Ben & Jerry’s, Jose Cuervo, Finlandia, AB Inbev, Red Bull and Pernod Ricard.