Published on July 1st, 2011 | by Jules Yap


Maskros XL

Materials: Maskros, Plain white paper coffee cups, Glue gun

Description: Looking for a reasonably priced pendant lamp for a restaurant in Sarajevo, we stumbled across the Maskros. Actually, we already had one hanging in our office but we sort of needed to re-discover it as a candidate for this project.

The Maskros lamp is an excellent space filler due to its sheer size, but it also provides interesting shadow plays and helps to define the room even outside of its own physical sphere.

For this project though, we needed an even bigger lamp with the same characteristics. What we had to do was to increase the radius of the lamp. However we still wanted to preserve the translucency of the original lamp.

After trying out several ideas we decided to keep it as simple as possible. By using plain white paper cups, we managed to maintain translucency and still increase the radius of the lamp by about 1/3. The result was a spectacular pendant with crisp clean looks and only added a couple of euros to the original product.

Building it is straightforward. Instead of mounting the thin leaves that ships with the light, use the same mount and add a little glue from a glue gun and attach the bottom of a paper cup to the glue. Then assemble the lamp and enjoy!

Paper cups can be found in most bigger supermarkets or office supply stores.

See more of the Maskros XL.

~ Emir Salkic, Dino Eminagic, normal arhitektura, Sarajevo, BiH

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Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

11 Responses to Maskros XL

  1. Courtney says:

    Did you convert the lanterns to plug in ?

  2. Anonymous says:

    Very nice! I wonder if you could use colored plastic cups…?

  3. Phil says:

    That is brilliant! I wonder what this would look like on the smaller Maskros lamp and whether it would look silly above our stairs…

  4. BRAVO! I was never really a fan of the Maskros (it looked too much like a dandelion to me haha)but now, I may actually get one and try this! Thanks for sharing. ;0)

  5. Anonymous says:

    I scrolled up and down a couple of times to find the “after” picture, because I was convinced the first picture was a high-end, inspiration shot. Nicely done! They look great in the space!

  6. StarlingUK says:

    I just love the spots you get on the wall.

    I’m so getting a Maskros for my new home.

  7. Claire says:

    So cool. Love the cups’ shadows on the wall, too. Yet another reason to go back to Sarajevo :)

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  9. Anonymous says:

    This is really amazing! kudos!

  10. Connie Walsh says:

    Love it, it is absolutely gorgeous. How bright is it?

  11. These look amazing! Very clever, and what an impact!

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