While wandering slack-jawed through the warehouse sale at Kyoto Art and Antiques, we were introduced to the work of Yuri Kinoshita. Her paper lanterns are grand, bold and unlike any we've seen before, yet remain intimate and comforting in their shape and glow.
In her words: "The divine light showering between the clouds raises childhood memories of the pleasant light through shoji."
Born in Kyoto, Japan, Yuri graduated from the Interior Design program at Osaka Mode Gakuen and traveled extensively throughout Asia, Europe and the United States before founding Umbo, a division of her family's company, Kinoshita Co., Ltd., specializing in art for the home. She has exhibited her work all over the world, and opened an interior design store in Bali. She moved to Seattle earlier this year.
Her sconces, table, floor and pendant lamps are made with many different colors of paper, fuzzy or woven, enormous and standard in size. While her works are extensively catalogued on her website, custom orders are encouraged, as pieces are one-of-a-kind.
Read more about Yuri here.