Looking like leather but actually made from the surprising leaf of the American palm tree. The chocolate colour and fibrous texture with a natural sheen, serve to lend COURO the Let’s Pause lamp collection, its innovative character.
Ceci Ferrero, expert designer in up-cycling, who practices the art of slow design in her creative workshop located in Vall d’en Bas (Gerona), has created a collection of lamps for Let’s Pause that explores new ways of using materials that test the versatility of natural fibre through an exercise in simplicity. With COURO the qualities of this especially hard wearing and malleable leaf of the American palm tree are exploited in order to create two different models that share a sophisticated cacao colour and the texture of vegetable leather.
The strength and flexibility of this leaf accounts for its original function, protecting the most delicate part of the tree, its flower. During the month of March when the palm tree is in flower this aspect becomes redundant and the leaves are then collected. Once Mother Nature has run its course Let’s Pause steps in and transforms them into magical sculptures that project a sensual and enchanting light diffused throughthe leaf’s irregular texture. No other element is required other than a light bulb holder.
The most basic model is made from a single leaf opening over itself that extends like a mesh and makes the cross fibrous structure of the leaf visible.
For the other model eight palm leaves are arranged in the form of a nest or an artichoke draped like an elegant skirt of superimposed folds. With its minimalist silhouette the lamp lends raw luxury to the spaces it lights. The natural texture of the leaf which retains its compacted fibres invites the touch with its smooth skin that appears like aged leather.
For both lamps the leaves are submitted to a steaming process in order to achieve the desired shapes. Their resistance ensures that there are no breakages in the manufacture which is carried out entirely by hand.
The COURO lamps featuring a single leaf can be used as decorative pendant light fittings or when grouped together in a line as lighting for bars or counter tops. They can also provide a soft and subtle light for bedrooms.
The eight leaf version is conceived as a hanging lamp for generating sophisticated ambiences in dining areas living rooms or for making a designer statement in public spaces. Its possibilities are endless.
To ensure that COURO remains in pristine condition we recommend cleaning with a damp cloth. Each lamp shade is delivered with a cotton mat black electrical cabling of 2.5 meters, a black lamp holder and plug and a brown aluminium frame.
Taking advantage of this peculiar leaf, Let’s Pause designed a vegetable leather version of its iconic hat, which symbolizes the philosophy of the “pause”, promoting slow living in harmony with nature and its pace.