The classical silhouette of our Urn Lamp is turned in solid wood and traditionally lacquered in an area bordering the Old Town of Hanoi, Vietnam, where the craft has flourished since the 15th Century using a resin exuded from trees growing in the surrounding hilly regions. It takes around fifteen layers of lacquer to achieve this hard, high gloss surface. The intense colours are only achieved after wet-sanding between each layer with fine paper until perfectly smooth, using fresh water from a small lake which lies in the heart of Hanoi.
The craft is recognised by UNESCO and our hope is that having adhered to a process which utilises local natural materials, that over time the lacquer will develop the kind of crackle and patina you might find on the very best antique examples of Asian Lacquer.
Pictured here with handmade paper lampshades available from Rosi de Ruig in an array of colours and sizes, we recommend the Large shade (T40cm, B45cm, H38cm) or the Medium Empire shade (T30cm, B40cm, H30cm)