Traditional chochin (Japanese paper lanterns) are beautiful, but that doesn't mean they can't also be modern and playful.

Suzumo Chochin's lineup of delicate lanterns are made to nontraditional shapes; our favorite being the Bird — a dove-like shape that won the Good Design Award last year. Its design is not only cute, but its curved base also allows the bird to gently sway on a flat surface. It will even rock itself upright if pushed onto its side.

If it does get knocked down, there's no need to fear a fire, the lanterns are equipped with LED lights that flicker like flames. Another nice touch is that its on/off switch is sound sensitive, so you can turn it on and off with a clap. Available in three sizes, it sells for ¥26,000, ¥28,000 or ¥29,000.