Latvia may be a little off the beaten track in terms of tourist destinations, but it's evident that its newfound psyche has a bit of old-world charm merging with a modern muscularity. Case in point: take a look at these lamps by Mammalampa, a design firm based in the capital of Riga. Their mission: "[to declare] a gentle war [by] making lamps differently without adapting, killing or violently beautifying materials. Our lamps are created in the image of living materials touched by the inspiration of craftsmen." Their collection of lamps range from "The Bride", the whimsical, fantastical braided paper lamps pictured above, to these other equally striking lamps made from simple, natural materials.
These gorgeous wooden pendant lamps are part of their "Wise One" line, and best demonstrates Mammalampa's manifesto that they are "bored by plastic, [and] yearn for living beauty."
This trio of canvas lamps are part of their "Sisters" collection - inspired by "painterly colour relationships," there are six different shades are available to create different colour combinations, nuances and moods.
Understated but undeniably head-turning, these are lamps have a poetic soul. Mammalampa lamps can be found in boutiques in Berlin and Copenhagen and other locations here.