Nanako Kume “Sharpens” Wood into Remarkable Pendant Light Collection

Japanese designer Nanako Kume presents her delightful sharpener pendant light series made of large wood shavings.

Inspired by the distinctive shavings left behind from sharpening coloring pencils, the pendant light were created using a custom built, giant pencil sharpener. 

To craft her pendant lights, Nanako Kume (see more here) began by softening the wood block in a steamer before shaving it out, making it bendable and easy to scrape out in thin but sturdy layers. The fresh shaved wood is flexible and is formed as it dries. In addition to softening the wood, the angle of the sharpening blade in the aforementioned giant sharpener, needed to be adjusted to get a good scraping.

Since childhood, I was fascinated by the shape and fleetingness of shavings that are made when sharpening pencils. I thought that by increasing the size and thickness of what must be discarded as waste, it would be possible to create new products while maintaining the beauty of the shape.’

Nanako Kume

The details of each lampshade vary depending on the species, color, and shape of wood — as well as the touch of dye that Kume adds to each design, evoking colored pencils. The time of shaving also contributes to the unique bending and profile seen across the pendant lights.

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