Sometimes the simplest things can be so ingenious. Paper is an inexpensive resource that can be transformed into amazing concepts once touched by a skilled paper artist.
Dutch paper artist Paula Arntzen is one of these people who love paper and experiments with it. Experiments that turn into objects of desire in the world of contemporary design. After constant study and observation she managed to obtain a deep knowledge and understanding of the paper and its special characteristics; a knowledge that gives the designer the chance to demonstrate her talent by using a simple material like paper which can be transformed gracefully in any shape or form.
Made out of white post-consumer coated Tyvek, these Grand Trianon and Petite Trianon by Paula Arntzen for Artecnica are durable and washable. They are named after the palace of King Louis XIV, Trianon lamps are lightweight chandelier — large and small.
When lit up, the Trianon lamps emit a soft checkerboard glow from behind their surface of folded slits. Designer Paula Arntzen says, “Both lights are a result of a unique experience I had at the Palace of Versailles combined with my love for this elegant material
Also by Paula Arntzen for Artecnica, the La Corounne (the crown) is an airy chandelier masterfully designed from two pieces copper foil material. The reflective vertical strips around the two-tier lamp luminously display a burst of color and dimension, as its bulbous shape resembles the splendid chandeliers of stunning palace ceilings. It is excellent for down lighting applications
Paula’s products shown above are available for purchase from dedeceplus
Paula Arntzen takes paper-based art to a new levels. Her love for paper lead her to experiments with it, experiments that turn into objects of desire in the world of contemporary design. You’ll find her works to be super detailed and nothing short of amazing. Her work is characterized by an innovative combination of lightness, color and monumental design with refinements. She is inspired by elegant, festive shapes, flowers, abundance, structures and ideas with minimal resources to achieve the greatest possible results.
Her inspiration comes from the daily life observation; information is collected and elaborated before it’s transformed to the next successful concept. This is a procedure through which the designer decides not only the form and shape but also the elements that will determine and lead to a multi-function object creation. A creation that will serve as both decorative and functional item that can be used in a space or event.
Arntzen’s Paper Process was presented during the new years party from platform Tape and at the Arnhem Mode Biënnale 2009. The project refers to hand made paper lanterns that can be used as a decorative touch thanks to their high quality materials and cutting edge design.
Paper Process is a collection of beautiful lighting. Made of high quality paper, it can be hung in any interior with aplomb. These lamps can also function as brilliant backdrops for a party. The way paper has been transformed into an amazing artwork of lighting is exceptional. Taking in consideration the material used and the outcome, these lighting designs are definitely different from other that we see everyday flowing in the market.
Special attention is given to every detail and good quality in order to create high design items from such a simple material. Paula Arntzen also designs modern furniture and home products focusing on concepts with colour and light in open spaces.
An array of organic forms made of origami-like folds and brightly-colored paper fringe hung like a cluster of magical jellyfish in the air
Dutch Artist Paula Arntzen, born in 1980, is currently working in Arnhem where she has her own design studio.
Arntzen studied traditional furniture making at HMC in Amsterdam before she studied Product Design at ArtEZ Academy of the Arts in Arnhem.
Paula’s Designs represent a combination of the lightness, color and monumental shaping. Her designs find their origin in a fascination for grand forms and qualities of a material. After constant study and observation she managed to obtain a deep knowledge and understanding of the material and it unique characteristics.
Arntzen also designs modern furniture and home products focusing on concepts with color and light in open spaces.
This is a procedure through which the designer decides not only on the form and shape but also on the elements that will determine and lead to a multifunctional object creation. A creation that will serve both decorative and functional roles in a space.