Hand-painted Hotaru Marker Lantern

Barber & Osgerby launched numbered limited edition, hand-painted Hotaru Marker lanterns as part of twentytwentyone's exhibition Edit '18, during London Design Festival 2018. The Marker pendant has been selected as the canvas for a bold, graphic design reflecting the designers’ aptitude for capturing two-dimensional sculptural forms and convey their essence in three dimensions. The Hotaru collection is handmade in Japan’s Gifu Prefecture using traditional lantern-making techniques and materials. Historically lanterns were hand decorated, whilst screen and stencil printing is now more commonly used, the hand painting process has been revived for the Barber & Osgerby edition.

  • Year / 2018
  • Manufacturer / Ozeki
Named after the Japanese word for ‘firefly’, the collection is manufactured by Ozeki & Co Ltd, a celebrated Japanese company dedicated to making paper lanterns since 1891. Ozeki have previously collaborated with numerous Japanese artists and designers and worked with Isamu Noguchi on the production of his Akari light sculptures.

“We have always loved the simplicity and beauty of Japanese paper lanterns and have often talked about designing them. In 2012 whilst Edward was travelling through central Japan he visited Ozeki, the famous paper lantern manufacturer to learn more about the craft. After a conversation with the owner of the family-run business, this project was born.” Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby.