Plumen bulbs look good naked, but their beauty can also be complemented by an increasing number of exceptional shades. For us, Swiss designer Thomas Faessler is taking shade design to another level. He uses 3D printing technology to create innovative shades especially for the Plumen 001’s flamboyant forms.
3D printing technology allows designers incredible new freedoms, previously limited by material performance and construction constraints. Designers like Thomas are seizing the reigns of this brave new world, creating objects and impressions we’ve only dreamed about or glimpsed through CGI.
Thomas is a man of many talents: architect, computer geek, product design enthusiast; he has also founded the design company, Studioluminaire, which he refers to as “an idea engine, a programming and scripting 3d graphics software and a production factory”. His designs are available on Shapeways, a 3D printing marketplace that offers CAD designers the opportunity to upload, sell and print their own design models.
Obsessed with geometry, Thomas found in 3D printing software the perfect tool to keep developing new angular shapes and forms, whilst maintaining the precision he desired. The designer recently used The Plumen 001 to create a series of innovative, geometrical shades. “Plumen looks very extravagant, new and the curves are just great. The bulb is an object too, kind of a reduction of a neon sign” says the designer.
His inspiration is plural: “Sometimes [I find it] in nature, sometimes in feelings, sometimes in working places, sometimes in software bugs, or in pure understanding and exploration of geometry. I usually take one interesting thing and transfer it in a script.” It’s great to see many, and often technological, sources of inspiration, which Thomas uses with his interdisciplinary background to create something beautiful. We hope you like it too.