kohsamui :: let it be lights!

One of my favorite things to do is making lamps. You can make a lamp pretty much out of anything if you know basic wiring and and have some common sense.

For Kohsamui Cartagena, all the custom fixtures were made out of local materials, found objects or items available at the market.

The main rooms feature a series of lamps made from birdcages from Bazurto, the famously dangerous bazar in Cartagena. We went there with Agustin -our lovely assistant to purchase the cages. After leaving he said……you had no idea how dangerous that was…..i just did not say anything…….. and he is a local.

To create these fixtures, recycled cotton was woven into the metal bars of the delicate cages to create the shade. To add a touch of color, a band of fabric was placed at the bottom edge of the fixture.

We hang them from a stripe of  “lata wood” leaving the wires exposed.

I love how the one on top of the reception area looks. It was placed quite low, very close to the surface making it very sculptural. It compliments perfectly the colorful facing and the “lata” detail of the custom built desk.

Same idea but a different color scheme was used on the second floor. where the color edge was kept very simple.

In one of the bedrooms, “slices” of exotic wood were wired and used as wall sconces creating  super groovy eco friendly pieces.

A set of recycled metal fish were made for one of the bedrooms by a local artisan and then painted white making them very sleek. The white on white effect is modern.

For the Rosa room, a very modern built-in fixture was created as part of the headboard. The contrast between the fixture and the colorful fabrics and wood detailing is very sleek.

Two of my favorite lighting solutions at the hotel. An incredible antique wood churn, probably used originally  for preparing arepas was hung upside down and made into a ceiling fixture.

Jesus, a local fisherman that makes the best knots ever,  created a way to keep it in place while showcasing his incredible talents.

The ceiling fixture at the stairway connecting  the first and second floors was treated as a boat sail. While all the walls are covered in “lata”, the ceiling features a fabric fixture that produces a very soft light and adds a soft element of intrigue to the small space.

At night, the effect from the private beach is great. Indirect lighting against the rough palm ceilings create the perfect background for a soft yet inviting set of  fixtures that shimmer all around, creating separate spaces while offering a cohesive warm look around Kohsamui.


About luis caicedo design

Luis Caicedo is a Colombian self-taught designer based in New York City who designs home accessories and specializes in small spaces. Luis Caicedo’s accessories are designed in Hell’s Kitchen, produced in Colombia and combine humor and modern lines with traditional craftsmanship.
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