Interior design24.05.2017

Designs lamps inspired by nature

Jaanus Orgusaar’s design lamps are made from Finnish birch aircraft plywood

Jaanus Orgusaar’s design lamps are made from Finnish birch aircraft plywood.

Jaanus Orgusaar’s design lamps are inspired by nature; they play with structures and reveal the beautiful appearance of Finnish birch.

Design lamps reveal the beautiful appearance of Finnish birch wood.

Design lamps reveal the beautiful appearance of Finnish birch wood. 

Jaanus Orgusaar is a designer who goes straight to the primal source – his work is inspired by nature’s geometry, which makes his objects clearly distinguishable. His trademark is the construction of three-dimensional objects from two-dimensional sheet materials through the use of inventive patterns. As a passionate experimenter he plays with structures resulting in surprising design and architectural objects.  

At the start, Jaanus was a fashion and shoe designer. During the opening of a department store, he presented his last collection of hats, looking like gigantic cages made of birch plywood. When people from the audience told as a feedback that these hats looked more like lampshades than fashion, he decided to turn into the lamp and furniture design instead.  

Jaanus uses almost exclusively aircraft plywood to work with, because it is one of the best suited materials for creating 3D forms from a thin sheet, it also keeps the qualities and warmth of the wood’s appearance. This way of working, which he developed earlier as a fashion and shoe designer, is definitely his signature:

Creating clever constructions and cuts that can be bent and combined into sculptural forms.  

“Thin plywood’s best quality is that it is strong and flexible at the same time, and bends without breaking”, says Jaanus. 

Orgusaar’s trademark is to construct three-dimensional objects from two-dimensional sheets of material.

Orgusaar’s trademark is to construct three-dimensional objects from two-dimensional sheets of material.  

Jaanus decided to use KoskiPly thin plywood to design and manufacture his lamps, as it is thin yet strong, fragile looking but rigid and with a warm wood feeling. Also, the aircraft plywood's sheet format enables modern technological constructions and CNC cutting, which gives an effective use of the material.  

“This is why the office is collaborating with Koskisen. We appreciate the high quality of Koskisen’s material and its natural touch, its strength and resistance. After testing different thicknesses, we realized that 1.5mm thin plywood was the perfect fit for this design. It is strong enough to endure the lamps own weight without bending through,” comments Jaanus.

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