Vicara Cartonado lamps

Flat-pack furniture has become a full-fledged movement among those who simply can’t afford more robust designer pieces, but flat-pack appliances? This is a sector of the market which has yet to be fully explored. The creative Cartonado cardboard lamp is shipped flat and you simply unfold it,  insert the light bulb and cord, and the hold the base pieces together with the included small pieces of cardboard.

Vicara Cartonado lamps box

Vicara Cartonado lamps cardboard

Obviously, the electrical parts of the cardboard lamp can’t be made flat, so the inclusion of a lamp kit is necessary. The flat-pack Cartonado, designed by Fabio Afonso for Vicara, isn’t the first cardboard lamp that has been made by adventurous designers, but is is exceedingly adorable.

At just 13.8 inches tall, the desktop version is perfect for studying. For those who wish to go a little (though not much) fancier, the Cartonado also comes in suspended lampshades in a variety of elegant shapes.

Vicara Cartonado lamps cardboard silhouette

Vicara Cartonado lamps cardboard pendant

Vicara Cartonado lamps cardboard detail

“A simple solution that adds an original touch to any space. Cartonado is made from cardboard profiles and comes in an array of different shapes as a pendant or table lamp.”

“Vicara Studio uses a design approach to create strategies, products and stories for brands and manufacturers. We use our expertise to guide our clients in product development and innovation. Our team often takes recourse to multidisciplinary groups to work on specific assignments or to brainstorm for our self-initiated ventures. We have been involved in many successful projects in the areas of product development, strategic branding, concepts for events, production consultancy and exhibitions.”

“Vicara Lab’s mission is to manage your production project in Portugal, from design to delivery.
Working with different manufacturing partners in Portugal, we can offer competitive options in various materials and production processes. Specialized in Glass and ceramic manufacturing, we also lead projects in furniture, metals and lighting.”