Cardboard Clocks And Lights Mix Functionality And Aesthetic [NYC Design Week 2012]

Cardboard Clocks And Lights Mix Functionality And Aesthetic [NYC Design Week 2012]

Columbian start-ups amarillo2 and 2y1dea showcase eco-friendly, design-forward clocks and light fixtures.

Timothy Ryan, PSFK Labs
  • 2 june 2012

As part of PSFK’s ongoing coverage of NY Design Week, we attended the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) in New York City this past weekend. As a premier showcase for contemporary design, the ICFF annually lures in the top designers from all over the world, this year hosting over 500 exhibitions from 34 countries.

tenndo studio, a New York based design studio, showcased a collection made from young Colombian designers:



The Amarillo, a handcrafted eco-friendly wall clock made from cardboard and paper, was developed by amarillo2, a start up design firm in Santiago de Cali, Colombia. The clock’s colorful hands break up the concentric rings of the clock face, creating a harmonious design ideal for homes or offices. Each clock in the collection is unique, and is backlit by LED lights– diffusing the light around the hypnotic circles to create a soft glow.


Designer Alejandro Delgado of Columbian studio 2y1dea created the Amparo, a handcrafted light made of recycled cardboard, stainless steel, LED tape, and colored plastic electric cable. The designer was inspired by ‘the representative rituals of the Colombia Pacific Region,’ and describes the features of the unique light:

To contrast with the cardboard material, we apply the use of stainless steel and colored plastic cable to give a personal identity to this element. the light  object has three ways to use: hanging, lying or standing on the floor. This light object consists of simple components: cardboard, a led tape and a colored electric cable.

Tenndo Studios

See more of our NY Design Week coverage here.


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