In 2016, when a friend was looking for a lighting solution to a very large room she asked if I would create an origami shade for her as a personal project. We discussed various options and decided that modular origami would be best to match the scale of the room. The changing weather and epic seascapes that could be seen from the room provided the inspiration for the cloud forms; white and crisp during the day and glowing at dusk and dawn.
The variation on the Sonobe module, which I used, creates any form based on repeated equilateral triangles, where each triangle represents a Sonobe pyramid made from three interlocking modules. To ensure the light shade would hang straight and to calculate the materials needs I constructed a working model using initially Polydron interconnecting triangles then a scale model in paper. Although my preferred medium is textiles we chose a 90gsm trace to construct the cloud for both speed and ease of construction as well as texture, foldability and translucency. One of the biggest challenges I faced was the method of hanging such a large and heavy piece. A system of double rods ensured that the lampshade could be conveniently hung and bulbs changed when necessary.
The finished shades are much admired, the light being dimmable enables just the right amount of cloud cover each day. I particularly enjoyed working in new ways; with paper, modular origami and on a larger scale than previous work.