MIO Capsule Light

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MIO Capsule Light

Made in the USA

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In the mood for light

Made from two capsule-like felt shells –one in color to direct light and the other in white to diffuse it– Capsule Lights emit a soft and relaxing glow. Install it as a single unit for intimate lighting or group them in dynamic arrangements to liven up a room.

Jaime Salm and Katherine Wise

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The Capsule Light's shades are made from 100% wool felt that is harvested from sheep. Wool is a renewable resource, as the sheep will keep growing new coats of wool over their lifetimes. The production of wool felt relies on organized farming of sheep world wide, maintaining a steady supply of the raw material. Capsule Light’s wool is sourced and processed in Pennsylvania.

Biodegradable / Compostable

Because wool is an animal-derived product, it will biodegrade under the right set of conditions. The Capsule Light's shades can be shredded and put in a composting bin or buried to biodegrade over time.


Capsule Lights are handcrafted by one of the last remaining hat manufacturers in the United States. The shape, colors and details are the result of employing the manufacturer's skills and technology to create a product that fits an alternative and growing market. In addition to being designed for easy disassembly for composting, the lamp requires the use of energy efficient compact fluorescent bulbs.


Made in the United States from locally sourced materials. The manufacturing location was selected for its proximity to our studio as well as for its manufacturing practices and labor conditions.


Height: 12 in / 30.5 cm
Diameter: 8 in / 20 cm
Max. Cord Length: 170 in / 4.3 m
Compact Fluorescent 26 W/ 120 V


100% wool shade, wire and nylon edge-band, electrical components

To remove dust and dirt use a lint remover or tape. Light stains may be removed with low grit sandpaper. Sand very lightly in the same direction as the fibers removing only the stained fibers. Capsules may be steamed back into shape with a household steamer. Steam dents and affected area until it is soft and using both hands lightly re-shape shades into original form. Repeat as necessary. To harden the shade spray starch and let dry completely. Always use compact fluorescent bulbs.

Product Instructions

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Using traditional felt molding technologies and local manufacturers as a source of inspiration, the Capsule Light explores felt's natural beauty as a material for diffusing light. Material density softens and directs light, producing relaxing atmospheres that range from warm and relaxed to psychedelic and fun.