.exnovo has recently introduced at Maison et Objet in Paris two new lighting collection using 3D printing technology. Designed by Alessandro Zambelli, the designer of Afillia, Maggiolina is a playful collection of table and wall lamps. Sleek and elegant, the Volume collection is a modular line of lighting mirror sculptures designed by Marco Lafiandra.
In the creation of Maggiolina, the Italian designer laces the wonder of science with fantasy, drawing inspiration from the surreal aspect of metamorphosis. Zambelli makes a clear reference to the Metamorphosis of Franz Kafka, whose character wakes up transformed into an ungainly little creature.
In Maggiolina, Kafka’s tale inspires another, progressive metamorphosis – just as surreal, but playful and absorbing too: a beetle transforms itself into a lamp. Through the rotund shape of the sinterized polyamide diffuser, we can make out the polished shell of the forewings, ready to reveal the light source within. Credit is due to the professional 3D printing. And the game goes on. The hand-made ceramic base hints at new parts, new likenesses for, by now, Maggiolina is clearly attributable to the Scarabaeidae family.
The playful collection comes in white, light blue, marsala and mustard. Similar to all .exnovo products, Maggiolina is an apparent marriage of opposites: “technology at the service of craftsmanship in unique synthesis”. Maggiolina measures 14,8 cm wide x 15,3 cm high and is 11,5 cm deep. It is suitable for use with light source fluorescent E14, 3 W.
The new Volume collection features a polyamide light diffuser, available in white version sintered by professional 3D printing combined with a metallic reflective surface in bronze stainless steel. The collection includes six items, available in different sizes. The different sculptural pieces fit together like puzzle pieces to create endless possibilities. The play of light and shadow becomes mesmerizing creating a lovely contrast between the two materials used.
Ranging freely across space, they bathe bare walls in soft light punctuated by heavy metal flashes and restless, shadowy contrasts.With this modular line of object-icons, today’s budding Narcissus can drift away into rapt self-contemplation. A multi-faceted collage of luminous reflective sculptures beams back the image of the self. Spectacular totemic pieces form the keynote of this shapely collection akin to avant-garde architecture or elements from outer space, rocketed in from a new era to bedeck wall surfaces and facades in a new and contemporary futurism.
*All images and information courtesy of .exnovo.