New 3D Printed Shades from Plumen
GO BOLD OR GO HOME – FIVE NEW COLOURFUL KAYANS JOIN THE RANGE OF 3D PRINTED SHADES
Available to buy at Plumen.com
Following on from the success of their first 3D printed shade range, the creators of the world’s first designer low energy light bulb, Plumen, and the Italian 3D printing design brand, Formaliz3d, reveal the next instalment in the Kayan series.
By bringing out five new bold colourways – Blue, Grey, Red, White and Yellow – they’re opening up possibilities for more creative arrangements and eye-catching displays.
The range launched in April 2015 with a single monochrome Kayan and has grown into a modular collection with over a hundred possible combinations to choose from. Customers can mix and match two shade options, three bulb designs with six different shade and cable colours.
With options ranging from dualtone shade and cable pairings to a checked effect, the new Kayans can be hung in regimented series or organic clusters to bring life and playfulness to any space.
ABOUT THE KAYAN SHADE
Through 3D modelling and 3D printing, the teams were able to create a tailored shade design to complement the curved silhouettes of the Plumen bulbs; the gently sloping sides of the Kayan follow the organic outline of the bulbs.
The Kayan’s punctured sides mean that you can enjoy the unique silhouettes of Plumen bulbs and still have the full brightness of the light projected onto surfaces below. The small openings allow light to escape, creating intricate shadows and a unique atmosphere.
3D PRINTING, A GREAT NEW ROUTE FOR PLUMEN ACCESSORIES
The collaboration, initiated by Plumen, emphasises the lighting brand’s enthusiasm for new technologies, in particular 3D printing.
For Plumen, 3D printing is a powerful tool that offers the opportunity to create fully customised accessories, proportioned to fit the unique shapes of their light bulbs. 3D printing is a technology with great potential. Their own range of 3D printed accessories is in the pipeline.
At Plumen, we believe the most powerful way to switch the world to energy efficient lighting is to create low energy light bulbs that people love. In 2010, we radically reimagined the form and created the Plumen 001, the world’s first designer low energy light bulb. Just like Tesla use design and engineering to make the electric car much more appealing, Plumen use design to bring the magic, beauty and poetry back to the humble light bulb.
This vision struck a chord and our first design received global media attention picking up some of the world’s most coveted design awards, not to mention recognition by the MoMA, V&A and Cooper-Hewitt design collections. Today, the product sells in 75 countries and helps shape a new attitude towards low energy bulbs.
Matteo Meraldi, Simone Colombo and Dario Sartori are three industrial designers who met each other, during their studies, at the European Institute of Design (IED) in Milan. In 2014 they decided to create a new brand, called Formaliz3d. Devised by young and creative designers, it is a spin-off of Fare 3D which is a company that deals with prototyping and the sale of 3D printers and 3D products.
Their aim is to create and convey a limited edition series of lamps, furnishings and accessories for the fashion industry by using unique production processes, such as 3D printing and handcrafted methods, whilst also placing a premium on being Made In Italy. Their products are developed through the meeting of technology, design and attention to detail. All the results of the production processes are down to 3D printing. Each object is designed by Italian craftsmen and produced in Italy.