Lanna Factory machine produces and customizes lamp shades
Published on March 24, 2016
THINKK Studio was established in 2008 by Decha Archjananun and Ploypan Theerachai, born in Bangkok. They always discover many kind of lamp at flea market in Thailand, especially, the popular one, the little ball string lights which made of cotton thread. So they would like to mimic this low-energy making process by creating their own low-tech machine which allows people to customize their thread lamp.
The Lanna Factory is a simple wooden station that features five spindles – each with a different coloured thread – as well as a control wheel and foot pedals. The yarn is pulled through a glue case and wrapped around a spinning PVC foam mould, activated by the pedals and “steered” using the wheel. When the glue dries, the lamp can be removed from the mould and attached to a fitting. The user can choose from a variety of moulds, and control the direction and colour of the thread, making each lamp unique.
Decha Archjananun and Ploypan Theerachai believe that everyone needs something to suit their lifestyle and interior space but it is rarely found in mass production, so they thought it would be nice to create another lamp-making system that allows people to customize their lamps.
From this Lanna Factory, the lamp shade can be produced in the same shape and colour. But in the detail, it is different every time. The finished lamps are made from a lattice of overlapping multi-coloured threads following the shape of the mould.