3D printing has taken the world by storm, and Milan Design Week has been no exception! A great project has conquered visitors’ hearts, not only due to its cutting-edge technology, but also because of its practical, aesthetic and manufacturing qualities.“The Rumbles” 3D-printed lights, designed by Studio Meraldi Rubini, was one of the most popular exhibits at Fuorisalone 2015, and with good cause: these sleek lamps have taken 3D printing to new heights of interior design elegance.


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When the whole world started to talk about the newly invented 3d-printing technology a few years ago, it sounded like something out of a Sci-Fi film; no-one actually realized how quickly it would be integrated into people’s daily lives. Shortly after that technology was released, the design and architecture worlds were stunned by the stupefying news that British architect Norman Foster was asked to design the Moon base using 3D printing technology, building (printing?) directly on the surface of Earth’s natural satellite. The experimental project was developed, but it and its printers have remained quite far from our everyday earthy reality.

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Matteo Meraldi and Marco Rubini, two young, promising designers based in Milan, have created a family of 3D-printed lamps that they’ve named Iraya, Inalye, and Issay. Their lighting design is characterized by sinuous and elegant silhouettes that embrace each diffuser. Through the holed surface patterns, one can admire the light source within the lampshade without any eye strain. Furthermore, “The Rumbles” do not merely illuminate—they also cast shadows that craft unique, cozy atmospheres.

What is even more interesting and challenging, “The Rumbles” project seems to open up a new topic that questions whether design can actually become better, faster, and cheaper, with “from the printer to the client” instant technology at hand.

+ Studio Meraldi Rubini

+ Milan Design Week

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