The 3D printing revolution has already set it sights on changing how we will manufacture interior furnishings, buildings to even food. Lighting is no exception, and we've seen some gorgeous examples of how 3D printing can intersect with inspiration from nature. Dutch designers Anke Bernotat and Jan Jacob Borstlap of Bernotat & Co. have used 3D printing techniques to create "Radiolaria," a collection of eleven glow-in-the-dark fabric lamps that are modelled after the structures of micro-organisms.
Using a polyester fabric that is usually hidden in normal applications, Bernotat and Borstlap sewed the 3D knitted textile over a 3D printed structure, saying on Dezeen:
When sewn together, the fabric creates its own character and shape. We let the fabric do the design work in a way.
[The lamp] creates a dreamy kind of atmosphere in your bedroom. It also acts as a point of reference so you don't bump into your bed.
Bernotat and Borstlap took inspiration from the works of German biologist Ersnt Haeckel, who focused on documenting the intricate geometric forms of radiolaria, protozoa that produce beautifully complex mineral skeletons.
Most of the lamps are made to be hung from the ceiling, accentuating their unique forms; Radiolaria is now being showcased at Ventura Lambrate on Via Ventura 6 in Milan. More over at Bernotat & Co.