April 20, 2014

'ZooM' by Utrecht, the Netherlands-based designer Michiel Cornelissen is a 3d-printed lampshade that consists of hundreds of interlocking elements. 3D printing enables the structure to be manufactured as a flat object and then folded-out to form a lampshade.

Created as a programmable object in generative design software, ZooM has a structure created from hundreds of repeating elements that together form a series of interlocking spirals.


3D printing allows this pentagonal lampshade to be manufactured flat and completely assembled; folded out, it's flexible like a textile, while maintaining its form like a rigid product. The semi-transparent structure shields the bulb's glare, while transmitting light efficiently.


Seeing the product unfold from a flat disc to a full sized lampshade never ceases to amaze. From there, all that is needed is a simple cord and bulb socket to create a functional, architectural lamp.

ZooM is currently only available in black and white versions. Cornelissen is selling them in two sizes, a 20-cm and 28-cm version, retailing starting at €110/$149 and €206/$279 respectively.

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