Cocoon Lampshades: a Little Too Accurate?


Is there such a thing as copying nature a little too closely?

You’re looking at the remarkable work of Julie Roberts, a designer from the UK. She’s hand-fashioned these lampshades from recycled paper and natural textiles, in varying colours and to order. And her inspiration?

Yes, well, there’s the rub. Good decor is all about stimulating the imagination, and…this lampshade certainly does that. It screams "recently vacated cocoon", and brings to mind a host of creatures from spiders to Aliens. (Perhaps that’s just a guy’s perspective). There’s no denying its unique beauty, but neither its slightly creepy air – Ecofriend were similarly bemused.

If you want to go for a cocoon-style eco lampshade that won’t have you checking under the furniture with your shoe in your hand, try this square lamp from Kwytza Kraft. It’s made from recycled chopsticks, in a range that seems inspired by moth cocoons.

Textile & Paper lampshades via ProductDose; image from Pure Design.

Mike Sowden

Mike Sowden is a freelance writer based in the north of England, obsessed with travel, storytelling and terrifyingly strong coffee. He has written for online & offline publications including Mashable, Matador Network and the San Francisco Chronicle, and his work has been linked to by Lonely Planet, World Hum and Lifehacker. If all the world is a stage, he keeps tripping over scenery & getting tangled in the curtain - but he's just fine with that.