Intrinsic Complexity: Modern Hacked Lighting

Intrinsic Complexity: Modern Hacked Lighting

Range Govindan
Mar 14, 2011

We've always been fans of beautiful modern lighting solutions, but there's always a price attached to something that looks good. Sumptuous lights from Europe will cost a lot of money. That's why we like this lighting hack. With basically $15 of materials, you end up with lights that look like they cost $1,500.

These incredible lights are the brainchild of Vendela, from Linz, Austria. She combined three small IKEA Löbbo lampshades with two large ones as well as two Hemma cords and light sockets to come up with these lights. They remind us of a bird's nest. Getting good results will entail quite a bit of work.

To start off with, you need to cut the small Löbbo shades into small strips. Once you've completed these, it's time to put them into the large Löbbo shade by piercing it with the strip. Then, you need to weave an irregular pattern. Vendela mentions that this gives the best results. She also used the side of the lampshade that was less shiny for a more natural look. This process is time consuming, but you won't need any glue or tape to get it done. You just need to be careful about the size of the holes that you are cutting into the larger lampshade. The strips won't hold if you make them too big.

The lampshades are strung up using the Hemma suspension kit from IKEA ($4), but there's no reason that you can't use these lampshades for floor lamps using the Hemma floor lamp base ($10). The Hemma table lamp base ($6) would allow you to display this lampshade on a coffee table or corner of your living room. We like the ultra-low cost of these lighting solutions compared to the resulting look, which wouldn't look out of place in a design magazine.

(via Ikeahackers, images by Vendela)

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