Design of the Week: Hyphae Lamps

By on June 3rd, 2013 in Design


This week’s selection is Nervous Systems’ Hyphae Lamp collection. Nervous System is well known for producing startling  designs using generative 3D modeling techniques. 
The Hyphae Lamp collection is a set of 13 unique lamp designs created using these techniques, but inspired by nature. They say: 
The Hyphae lamp is a series of organic table lamps based on how veins form in leaves. Each lamp is a completely one-of-a-kind design 3D-printed in nylon plastic. The lamps are lit by eco-friendly LED’s and cast dramatic branching shadows on the wall and ceiling.
Hyphae is a collection of 3D printed artifacts constructed of rhizome-like networks. Inspired by the vein structures that carry fluids through organisms from the leaves of plants to our own circulatory systems, we created a simulation which uses physical growth principles to build sculptural, organic structures. Starting from an initial seed and a surface, we grow a hierarchical network where nodes constantly branch and merge. The densely interconnected structure is at once airy and strong.
Each lamp includes LED lighting fixture to make it not only beautiful, but functional too. The lamps are available for purchase on Nervous Systems’ website and Shapeways at a cost of USD$500.00 each. 
The company recently exhibited three additions to the Hyphae line at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York, but the new items do not yet appear for sale. 

By Kerry Stevenson

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has written over 8,000 stories on 3D printing at Fabbaloo since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!