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Hi everyone :)

I think time has come now to share with you something i had a great pleasure to work on.

Here are the pillola lamps papertoys tribute !!

Pillola lamps are cult design objects created by Emanuele Ponzio and Cesare Casati in 1968.

The lamp was created for Ponteur. It belongs to the permanent collection of MOMA in New York.


These papertoys are customs i made on a template by

Jace "the world of imaginary friends" Jensen.

As soon i saw the pics of this papertoy, i thought of what i could do with...

I just had to ask Jace who agreed without any difficulty, even if he didn't already release the toy. The fact is the project was ... as it were forgotten...

That's why Jace was really glad i propose him to use the toy and give it life again :)

But i have to thank him millions times for sharing with me this template!!


this papertoy is a moveable papertoy.

The original lamp can be bent as you want, thanks to a mobile base. Obviously, this system complicates the construction of this papertoy. That is why I opted for a different principle, more simple, but requires the addition of a ball ...

This way, you can "play" with the lamp, as you can see in this video...


the zip file contains the regular template and a template to print it on colored cardstock.

It does not contain the ball, sorry :)


get them here


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Comment by Leanne (Anne Götze-Piening) on September 17, 2012 at 7:51am

I liked that mistake, very funny. It's not completely the same but it just comes to my mind that my best mistake in English ever was when I tried to explain to a British friend that I saw a motor cycle with a side car and said that I saw one with a coffin. The whole pub was roaring with laughter.

Comment by merrci on September 16, 2012 at 2:36pm

oh Leanne, just noticed you were telling me 'bout my mistake :]

thx , corrected ;)

Comment by jasoncbolt on September 15, 2012 at 7:45pm

Great work Merrci! As soon i saw them in Urban Paper i wanted them :)

Comment by merrci on September 15, 2012 at 12:00am

thx to you both ;)


we thought about that too with Jace... maybe one day we'll release an "how to light your pillola ..." ;)

and when your pillola lamps are lighting, please be kind to show a pic of them, ok? :)

Comment by paper yosh on September 14, 2012 at 7:34pm

great Merrci is a luxury paper toy :) 

Great to add to the favorites of my collection

thanks for sharing

Comment by Leanne (Anne Götze-Piening) on September 14, 2012 at 6:44pm

wow, merrci, this is really special. Great!!! I'll try to find a way to insert a led and use it as a lamp. This is a very nice design from the 60s, to me it's nicer than the originals ( which look a little bit like colorful mother's little helper) And the world it comes from is surely not "ordinary" but very "imaginary". Thanks so much for sharing this!

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