The beauty of interior design is that sometimes the smallest things are the ones that add the most to your interior. SKURA Design is an emerging brand which aims to inspire people to own fewer but more meaningful things. They create handmade coconut lamps that are pretty, functional, and sustainable.
We met and talked with the designer of these lamps, Neringa Puckoriute. The first thing that comes a bit as a surprise is that Neringa actually is a professional jeweler. Why is a jeweler making lamps?
First of all, it’s just more interesting, begins Neringa. We want to create things that are more relevant and useful to people. Jewelry can be very nice and personal, but usually it’s not very practical. Whereas we would like to make things that are nice, personal, and at the same time functional and long-lasting.
Neringa says she uses her jeweler’s skills a lot when she drills countless tiny holes in the coconut shells in order to create patterns. She says: I believe my dedication and precision allow me to build lamps that are of truly high quality. I don’t really see making coconut lamps as a craft, I treat it as a form of art. So in the end, jewelry art and making lamps are not so different from each other in my eyes.
Coconut shell is not a very usual material to use but Neringa enjoys it because it’s natural. My whole life I’ve been hugely influenced by nature, Neringa says. I’ve been planning everything, even a place to study, in such a way that I could spend as much time outdoors as possible.
There is usually a small chaos in my head, and nature helps me calm it down. I am fascinated by how important and yet mysterious nature is to us. Therefore I try to bring a small piece of nature into the things and create and into people’s homes.
Another thing Neringa says she and SKURA Design try to bring to people’s homes is meaning. Most of us own a lot of things, tells Neringa, but we don’t really know how exactly we got them or why. We are advocates not only of sustainability, but of minimalist lifestyle as well. It is when you try and free yourself of meaningless things.
To achieve their aims, SKURA Design are beginning to build a web-shop. I will continue making lamps, but we want to create a whole community of sustainable and nature-inspired designers. We are planning to collaborate with a lot of them in the future, and create a strong force of functional and sustainable design with a meaning.
Hopefully, we’ll manage to bring a piece of nature into people’s lives and homes. And hopefully the nature will stay there.
All images are courtesy of SKURA Design.