Anthony Dickens Friday 12 Jul 2013

Inspired by traditional Japanese ‘Chochin’ paper lanterns, which date back to the 10th century, and Dickens’ travels to the Far East in 2010, Tekio derives its name from the Japanese word for ‘adaptation’. Transforming a traditional item into a new design-led entity, a signature of Dicken’s design, Tekio is flexible enough to adapt to any interior and its ability to transform spaces is only limited by the imagination.

Tekio’s innovation is flexibility. Inside each paper tube is a frame with connecting hinges that can be locked anywhere from straight to ninety degrees. The frames are then connected in series to create any desired shape. The paper sections are supported by the frame, but can easily be separated to access the choice of LED or CFL bulbs. Customers have the freedom to construct the light as they wish, from a semicircular wall light to a large looped installation. You can trace the outline of a table, seating area, bar, room, or simply have a straight line of light passing between two walls. It is more than just a light, it becomes a tool to divide and highlight interior space or guide people through an unfamiliar environment by following an unbroken line of light.

Tekio offers the opportunity for complete creativity allowing the owner to adopt the role of designer of the finished product. However, if required, Anthony Dickens Studio offers a full specification and installation service and works closely with the customer to create a unique solution exclusively for them. In addition to the fully flexible version of Tekio, a series of standard fixed shapes have been developed. By using CNC tube bending an internal frame is made to mount the external shades and the internal lighting. Essentially you are freezing the shape during production and reducing the number of components, subsequently cutting the cost to the consumer and allowing them to buy an off the shelf product without extensive specification.

The two products seamlessly sit alongside each other and will give lighting and interior designers a more commercial package to sell to clients. Designers are attracted to the flexibility, but many end consumers are intimidated by it and prefer to buy what they see. The first prototype of Tekio was shown during London Design Festival 2011. The second prototype was dramatically featured in the window of The Farmiloe Building during Clerkenwell Design Week 2012. It was nominated for Designs of the Year 2013 and is currently on show at the Design Museum.