The Samurai from the MaMo Nouchies Series by Ingo Maurer has such a sculptural presence that it is more a piece of art than a lowly common table lamp. The calyx shaped shade of the Samurai is formed artistically out of natural colored paper supported by two stainless steel bars with transparent silicon batons. The metal base of the Samurai secures a safe stand, a stainless steel connection cable, and a cord transformer with slide control.
Ingo Maurer's long-standing interest in materials and his passion for paper are combined with his admiration for Japanese art. With the MaMo Nouchies, Ingo Maurer and Dagmar Mombach, who developed the technique for transforming the paper, pay homage to Isamu Noguchi, whose ideas were based on the traditional Japanese craft of Akari. The name of the series comes from the first two letters of Maurer's and Mombach's last names, along with Nouchies, a pun on Noguchi. The names of the individual lamps are named after ancient tribal spirits from all over the world.
Mombach's technique, all performed by hand according to the Japanese tradition, involves the manipulation of plain sheets of paper, by pulling and folding. Often up to eight separate treatments are needed to create the desired effect.