Good Questions: Make your own Zettel’z?

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Hello all,

I am new to AT and very excited about being here! I have seen a really expensive chandelier in a couple of magazines and even on a design show, and finally have found it online.

My question is has anyone seen one similar but way cheaper? Or any creative types out there that can think of a way to reproduce a version of it.

Hope to hear some ideas!

– mcr in sf

Dear mcr,

You came knocking at the right door, if ony to have your good taste validated! We’ve been lusting after the Zettel’z for a long time. This light sculpture by famed German lighting designer Ingo Maurer is (in our opinion) his best piece, and he’s been at this for a long time.

We’ve seen Zettel’z up close, and here’s how it’s made: each piece of paper is held by a clip, and each clip attaches to a stainless steel wire arm, and each wire arm attaches to a metal spindle tube. The electrical components live in the tube, and if we recall correctly, there are multiple bulbs hovering inside the paper cloud.

Like a vase of flowers, you arrange the wires and the flying sheets of paper yourself — or, if you purchase this directly from the Ingo Maurer showroom, they actually send an associate to set it up and arrange it for you.

We think this construction would be hard to replicate without access to a machinist, but you might be able to create a similar paper-cloud effect by clustering a few of Kikkerland’s $7.95 Satellite Hanging Photo Holders and attaching them to an existing pendulum light that you’ve stripped of decorative elements.

Any crafty types out there with other ideas?