Jan 15, 2018 | By Tess

Budmen Industries, a Philadelphia-based industrial design studio, is hoping to make the world seem a little bit less divided with its enlightening 3D printed immersive lamp installation. Lyrically named “All of the Lights,” the installation consists of 100 unique 3D printed pendant lights which are lit and hung in a dark space.

The project is the creative brainchild of Isaac Budmen and Stephanie Keefe, the co-founders of “post-digital workshop” Budmen Industries. According to the duo, they were inspired to create All of the Lights in an attempt to bring some cohesion and light to our current and crazy world.

“We live in a world where battle lines are being drawn: Nationalist vs. Immigrant, Conservative vs. Liberal, 1% vs 99%, etc.,” they write. “All of these ideological fights represent something bigger—a society stuck in a groupthink mentality where the unique thought and complexity of the individual is lost in the fray. Throughout history, humanity’s darkest hours have been defined by ‘us vs them.’”

Isaac Budmen and Stephanie Keefe, co-founders of Budmen Industries

All of the Lights, then, is aimed at celebrating individuality by (quite literally) highlighting the uniqueness of each 3D printed lamp, while simultaneously showing the magic that can happen when all these lights are brought together.

As the artists elaborate: “All of the Lights represents a bright future where individuality is celebrated and reflected in environments that are as unique and complex as we are.”

From a production perspective, All of the Lights also seeks to combine new digital fabrication technologies—such as 3D printing—with more traditional art forms, like sculpture. As a “post-digital workshop,” finding novel ways of combining the two art forms is a critical part of Budmen Industries’ mandate.

In designing the 100 3D printed lamps, Budmen and Keefe made the decision to digitally design each one by hand, so to speak, rather than use a generator. The resulting design variety is extremely interesting to behold, as some lamps are notable for their low poly, geometric forms, while others have more organic looking structures. Others were even inspired by actual objects, such as avocados, toys, and hats, say the designers.

For 3D printing the extensive lamp collection, the designers turned to their very own large-format 3D printer: the Budmen Builder. The new 3D printer, which will soon be commercially available, was used to produce each of the 100 lamp shades, a process which required a total of 453 printing hours and 4.5 miles of filament.

As you can tell by looking at photos of the 3D printed lights, the designers opted against extensive post-processing and decided to keep the layered surface texture made by the 3D printer. “We love this uniquely layered aesthetic, not only is it a signature of the process, but the object takes on an entirely new character when illuminated,” they write on their website.

Though it’s not clear where the 3D printed lamp installation is set up or whether it is open to the public, readers can take a virtual tour through the exhibition by watching the video below:



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