Claesson Koivisto Rune is a Swedish design group formed in 1995 by Mårten Claesson, Eero Koivisto, and Ola Rune. Their projects involve architecture, furniture, and commodities such as tableware, and textiles, and their creative designs are highly acclaimed in the international design community. They have been active in Japan as well, producing numerous projects.

The group has shared design philosophies with Time & Style, nurtured through 20 years of mutual communication and the members’ respect for Japan.

Drop Paper Lamp | designed by Claesson Koivisto Rune

K5 Tokyo is a hotel whose interior design was conceived and designed by Claesson Koivisto Rune, a design group based in Stockholm, Sweden. This unique facility includes hotel accommodation, a restaurant, a wine bar, and a coffee shop, all housed in a newly renovated historic building in Tokyo, Japan. We designed and produced a collection of lighting with different sizes, exclusively for K5 Tokyo. In particular, the idea of a large 120 cm-diameter lantern posed a challenge to the craftspeople, completed after repeated prototyping.

The Drop Paper Lamp is made with the techniques of Suifu lantern making in Ibaraki Prefecture, an area known for the production of durable and sturdy paper lanterns. To form a delicately curved water droplet shape, the structure was created using strips of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) resin wrapped in washi paper. For the lantern’s shade, we chose Echizen washi paper, a traditional paper with a history of about 1,500 years and characterized by its warm color and durability due to the long and thick Japanese mulberry fiber used as the raw material. It is generally used in large sheets that can be applied seamlessly to large fittings such as fusuma (sliding doors) and byobu (folding screens).