LE KLINT’s pleating ladies
Published on October 26, 2015
The Klint Trust Fund was established by Jan Klint in 1972 and still plays an important role in the company’s financial infrastructure. The foundation grants yearly scholarships to young, up and coming architects and designers.
Le Klint’s pleating ladies are a very special asset as they preserve the craft of pleating and folding their lampshades in Odense, Denmark.
It takes a year for a trainee to learn the techniques, then two to three years to master all the models in the range. The majority of our pleating ladies have been working at Le Klint for so many years, that the company’s inside joke states “new employees cannot expect to be taken seriously until they have celebrated their Silver Jubilee!”
An apprentice is taught how to fold the perpendicular pleated folds of the classic model 1 shade and the wavy pleating of the Sinus Line in the first year. The pleats are folded along embossed patterns and lines in the plastic material. The embossing machine, developed byLe Klint, comprises of a brass roller, which embosses the patterns onto a roll of material. This means that there is a separate roller for each model.
When the material is embossed, it is cut into pieces. Each piece corresponds to a specific lamp or lampshade before the pleating process begins. After pleating, the shades are sewn together with a single almost invisible seam, wherever applicable, on the inside of the shade.
Throughout the years, the dexterity of the pleating ladies has transformed designers’ drawings into real lamps and lampshades. A pureLe Klint product.