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A Duo of Dyed Shades

Bound together, two generic (and affordable) lampshades transform into a modern silhouette that is reminiscent of Isamu Noguchi’s paper lanterns. The shape works well on a floor lamp as well as a task lamp.



Ollsta shades, 11", in Beige, $10 each,
Magna-Tac 809 glue, by Beacon, $4,
Stretch grosgrain ribbon (EB007 52), by Shindo, $4.50 a meter, 212-868-9311
Hemma tablelamp base, 14" tall, in Black, $10,


  • Fabric dye (optional)
  • 2 lampshades
  • Magna-Tac 809 glue
  • Center-creased ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Lamp base


  1. Step 1

    Optional: Dye lampshades in a bath of hot water mixed with dye; let dry (see how-to). Carefully dot glue around bottom rim of one shade, and press other bottom rim against it. Let dry.

  2. Step 2

    With a dot of glue, fix end of ribbon onto a spot on glued center rim. Wrap ribbon all the way around the circumference, cut where it overlaps other end, and secure with another dot of glue.

  3. Step 3

    Attach to lamp base. (If using the Ollsta shades, first move bulb fitter of lower one to its side.)

Martha Stewart Living, September 2013