3D-printing design studio Nervous System just unveiled a stunning series of digitally printed lamps at this year's International Contemporary Furniture Fair that are inspired by the beautiful branching patterns of veins in leaves. Befitting the biomimetic design, the lamps are dubbed Hyphae. The delicately formed lamps perfectly balance high-tech manufacturing techniques with natural forms, and their green credentials go beyond biomimicry and zero-waste manufacturing - each lamp is fitted with an energy-efficient 3 watt LED bulb, for ambient illumination with very little energy use.
Nervous System is a “generative design studio” that harnesses cutting-edge technology to create art, jewelry, and housewares modeled after processes found in nature. They develop computer programs that replicate the patterns of growing leaves and other flora. Then they use 3d printers to replicate these forms in elegant designs that are simultaneously organic and ethereal, lightweight yet strong.
Nervous System‘s Hyphae line includes elliptical egg-shaped table lamps, branching pendants, and coral-esque spheres with tightly wound capillaries. When illuminated they cast beautiful lace-like strands of light upon nearby surfaces, and their low-energy LEDs will shine strong for 6 years of continuous use. Each lamp is 3d printed from nylon and treated with a UV protective coating.
Photos by Mike Chino for Inhabitat