Oscar Kwong


Companion Lamp

2018  /  L: 21.5” x W:21.5” x H:39.5”
Painted Aluminium, Paper, LED.

Shining delicately and yet generously, you cannot help but submit to the kindness shared by chochin lanterns. Their spiral skeleton and soft washi skin, holds a presence that still resonates one thousand years into their dutiful service. This lamp attempts to honor the chochin’s tradition, To try and learn from its values and pay respects to its celebrated qualities.

The focus naturally fell on the structure which supports the paper lantern. It was important to achieve a type of balance between the delicate nature of the lantern and suggest a more durable lamp. The result was founded on a conical base with a tube that pierces the lantern, leading to a capacitive touch dimmer on top. A simple key was then devised to stretch and maintain the tension that holds the lantern in place. The approachability of these paper shades was also something that I want to characterize. The proportions were structured so the lamp feels companion-like; an attempt to inject a playful presence, that keeps us company all the while providing us with light.


Oscar Kwong is a designer intrigued by the emotional content stored within domestic spaces. Forming a process that examines the poetic spirit that links our transcultural communities, his practice attempts to capture and translate these values though the mindful expression of everyday objects.


At first impression our objects are grounded in function and rationality, there is a humility present in everyday things. In a stoic fashion they commit to their duties and accept their mundane routines. Yet, there is a mindful presence embedded in the ritual quality of these objects. Should we not repay their service with a sense of gratitude and respect. The moment we give ourselves that space, our objects have stories to tell. Within these tales we are give the opportunity to rediscover our relationship with everyday things.