These Modular, Recycled Paper Pulp Lamps are a Mashup of Modernism and Arts & Crafts

It’s not much of a surprise that Palefire Studio’s U/V collection of lighting includes designs comprising modules with U and V shapes. What is surprising, however, is the variety of configurations produced by these basic volumes, resulting in an incredibly diverse yet extremely cohesive set of silhouettes that can be applied anywhere in the home. Plus, they’re made of recycled paper pulp, so they’re environmentally friendly, too.

Palefire was founded by the South London–based designer Rowena Morgan-Cox, whose style blends elements of the Arts & Crafts movement with the pared-back forms of European Modernism. The five different modules used to create the lamps include a large shallow bowl and a taller narrower cup (the U’s) and a trio of cones of different widths and heights (the V’s). Combined in different pairings, the most simple designs are the Rotor wall light, made up of two small cones, and the Hourglass formed from two cups attached end to end. At the other end of the scale, the Totem floor lamp is stacked from 14 parts and is inspired by the work of Romanian artist Constantin Brancusi. In between are a variety of table lamps, uplighters, sconces, surface lamps and pendants, all with a tactile finish similar to plaster or ceramic. 

Each of the lamp styles is available in a variety of exterior colors, coupled with a corresponding, often contrasting, flex color and shade interior. Most of the finishes are monochrome, apart from the green wavy brush strokes of a design called Serpent, and Axis, a hand-painted grid of acid yellow squares and thin black lines.