When affordable 3D printers were introduced in the 2000s, it gave anyone the chance to design and manufacture objects at home. This not only sparked a discussion about copyright issues, but also if design aesthetically would enter a new era of ornamentation. Progress has however been slower than predicted, and most printers are still found in laboratories and offices, mostly used in research and for prototyping. But having imagined a not too distant future where the 3D revolution has matured and become a natural part of the production of goods, industrial designer Charlotte von der Lancken has raised the obvious question – what would new classics look like in that context? One of the most generic designs in history is the electric Bauhaus glass globe pendant, which from the early 1900s saw copies spread to hallways in schools, hospitals and cafés across Europe. With this classic as a template, von der Lancken materialised her posed question in the pendant Lattice. Lattice is one of the core principle in additive manufacturing, such as 3D printing. It is the repeating pattern that builds volumes with maintained strength and no waste material. And here, this graphic structure has been interpreted into a light globe where the structure diffuses the light and creates an intriguing moiré-effecct.
Lattice has been developed with suport from The Swedish Arts Grants Committee (Konstnärsnämnden) and Zero Lighting.
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(Photos by Jens Andersson)