The very first outdoor lighting collection in the Brokis portfolio, Bonbori was created by world-renowned Japanese designer Fumie Shibata, who took inspiration from the traditional paper lamps that line the paths to shrines and temples during the annual paddy harvest festivals in Japan. In Japanese, the word bonbori not only denotes this traditional form of lighting, it also describes the soft light coming from within a snowy cave.
Manufactured in compliance with the IP44 rating for outdoor use, the new light makes use of a simple stainless-steel base finished in an environmentally friendly weather-resistant powder coating. The easily removable LED light source, which can withstand below-freezing temperatures, casts a gentle glow through a diffusor and laser-cut openings in the stainless steel. The likeness to the traditional bonbori lamp is achieved with an elegant handblown glass shade, an extraordinary piece crafted from multiple layers of carefully moulded glass.
The shade comes in opal and opaline glass, while the metal base is available in black matte, copper metallic matte, or grey metallic matte. The light is engineered for connection via underground wiring.
Whether in the garden, on the terrace, or in other outdoor settings, the soft, gentle light of Bonbori pays tribute to a Japanese tradition by creating a unique and festive ambience to be enjoyed as thoroughly in solitude as with family and friends.
Design: Fumie Shibata