Designing a lampshade with a Panda theme has been on my mind for a very long time. Maybe two years at this stage. I came up with many different ideas but for some reason, I couldn't really conclude. I think I was stuck by the idea of coming up with something black and white and that was what kept me thinking and bothered me concluding.
Eventually I decided that the lamp shouldn't be all about panda as pandas are almost extinct. At the end of the day, extinction is a massive threat to all of us not only to the animals. And not only the animals, our water, our oxygen and our resources... they are all under threat.
Did you know that more than 90% of the organisms that have ever lived on earth are extinct? Today, many scientists think the evidence indicates a sixth mass extinction is under way. The blame for this one, perhaps the fastest in Earth's history, falls firmly on the shoulders of humans. By the year 2100, human activities such as pollution, land clearing, and overfishing may drive more than half of the world's marine and land species to extinction. (from National Geographic).
That's why the lamp somehow needed to carry a message. A message of danger? How? A message of Extinction? How? Couldn't really decide and to be honest didn't even have the clue...
So I decided to design a lampshade for children. Something that the parents would agree and something that would attract children at the same time. That was the point when I released my soul from black and white and the difficulty of shaping a bear, almost a circular shape with nothing distinctive.
I just made a panda face and added stars next to the giant panda. The message.. Well... awareness!!!
At the end of the day, it will be our children who will have to fight for panda and the others who are under threat. Let them grow up with something that they know they may not be able to have in the future. So we ended up with Panda Star.