Chopstick Lamps--Limited Edition!

By: Carolyn Kriss

They’re eco-friendly, shapely, relatively cheap, and vanishing like a delicious Chinese take-out meal. They’re Kwytza (pronounced KWAI-DZA) Kraft’s lamps from Bryan Parks, an American who spent three years in Kunming, a city in the south of China. Fashioned from sanitized bamboo chopsticks used in restaurants in China, the lamps are a stylish addition to any home, green or not.

Parks, who owns a workshop in China, had the lamps made in a different Chinese workshop until he grew uncomfortable with labor practices there. Though he’s bringing production to his workshop and introducing a new line, he’s sold out of the original lamps.

A limited number are available from retailers. We headed online to see where we could scoop up the leftovers and fell in love with the clean, curvey look of the “Mey” lamp, pictured above. The cheapest “Mey” lamp we could find was at bluehouse, a Baltimore store with an online shop, where it goes for $29 plus shipping.  We also found it for $65 at the Art Institute of Chicago and for $68 at Green Home Environmental Designs.