3D-printed shades diffuse light from Afillia lamps
by Alessandro Zambelli for .exnovo

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Maison&Object 2014: perforated 3D-printed shades diffuse the glow from lamps in this collection by Italian designer Alessandro Zambelli.

3D-printed shades diffuse light from Afillia lamps by Alessandro Zambelli for .exnovo

Each lamp in the Afillia range features a laser-sintered nylon shade created by Italian 3D-printing company .exnovoAlessandro Zambelli designed a set of three shades punctured with patterns of small holes, which follow mathematical patterns found in nature.

3D-printed shades diffuse light from Afillia lamps by Alessandro Zambelli for .exnovo

"The shade reveals a web of essential geometric configurations, capable of capturing the light and concentrating it in a spherical, compact and luminescent aura," said the designer. The diffuser shapes include a sphere and two narrower squashed forms, one with a flatter end than the other.

3D-printed shades diffuse light from Afillia lamps by Alessandro Zambelli for .exnovo

Swiss pine is used for the base of the table lamps and the bulb socket in the pendants. All have green cords to connect them to the power supply. The designs were exhibited at this year's Maison&Objet trade fair outside Paris, which finished yesterday.