Creators of the world’s first designer low energy light bulb, Plumen, and the Italian 3D printing design brand Formaliz3d have teamed up to launch an exclusive new lamp shade for the Plumen light bulb range. Part of the successful Rumbles series, a line of 3D printed lampshades developed by Formaliz3d, Kayan will be showcased for the first time at Fuorisalone this week.
Kayan currently fits the smaller models of Plumen bulbs – the Baby Plumen 001 and the Original Plumen 002 – but the shade will soon be adapted to fit the Original Plumen 001.
This project realised the promise of object printing. We saw the beautiful Rumble range online, made contact with Formaliz3d and just a few days later printed design concepts started arriving at our studio that we could test and experience together with our bulbs. After a couple of rounds of changes The Rumbles had a new cousin and the Baby Plumen 001 and Plumen 002 a new inspiring playmate. Sometimes designs take years to produce. Our bulb designs certainly do. So what a thrill it has been to see this product evolve and resolve at the speed of light.
– Nicolas Roope – Founder, Creative Director and Designer
The Rumbles series is characterized by a powerful simplicity of soft, sinuous shapes and the Kayan is no exception. Through 3D modelling and printing, the Formaliz3d team 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 Baby and 002.
The Kayan’s punctured sides mean that you can enjoy the bulb’s unique silhouette 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.
Right from the beginning, when Plumen contacted us expressing appreciation for the Rumbles series, we were very excited and impatient to start working with the bulbs. We had a great feeling with the Plumen team and thanks to that, the design process has been really fast. We’re sure that this is the first of many projects Plumen and Formaliz3d will do together.