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“We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.” Winston Churchill

Have you seen these paper lanterns?  They are made in Japan using traditional methods from Washi paper, wire and wood, however the light is thrown from a LED light powered by two AA batteries (you can see the light switch in the wooden base).  I can imagine a few of these outside swinging gently in the breeze on a summers night.

You can order these in NZ from EverydayNeeds – they’re $95

Everyday Needs is “a store for people who want to make informed decisions in their consumption, ensuring that what they get is not only good-looking, but is carefully manufactured and with a quality that will last the test of time.”  They’ve got some lovely stuff – but lets face it, at the end of the day, it’s just stuff.  I think for most of the world an everyday need is water, something to eat, and somewhere to sleep.

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