Flowers replace flames in paraffin lamp
vases by Giuseppe Bessero Belti

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Paris-based Italian designer Giuseppe Bessero Belti has designed a collection of vases that combine 3D printing with repurposed paraffin lamp chimneys (+ slideshow).

Experimenta vases by Giuseppe Bessero Belti

Each of Giuseppe Bessero Belti's prototype Experimenta vases includes a cylindrical 3D-printed nylon container that mimics the form of a paraffin lamp base.

Experimenta vases by Giuseppe Bessero Belti

Filled with water, these bases are fixed to glass chimneys collected from vintage lamps, which hold the flowers.

Experimenta vases by Giuseppe Bessero Belti



The shape of the chimneys in paraffin lamps varied enormously between the late 18th century and the second half of the 19th century, as designers responded to technological innovations and the introduction of new fuels.

Experimenta vases by Giuseppe Bessero Belti

The Experimenta collection includes vases using the various chimney types. These were often named after their designers, for example: Kosmos, Matador, Pigeon, Rochester, Bombé Viennoise and Globe.

Experimenta vases by Giuseppe Bessero Belti

"During the era in which the first oil lamps were conceived, the design was oriented as much as possible toward the mass market," Belti told Dezeen.

"Today we find ourselves in a different socio-cultural context and the aim is increasingly to create micro-markets to accommodate the need for uniqueness and the niches of new consumers."

Experimenta vases by Giuseppe Bessero Belti

"Old glass from fuel lamps acquires a second life, putting the 'standard' at the service of a unique piece where the flame turns into a flower, the fuel turns into water and the metal turns into nylon," he added.

Experimenta vases by Giuseppe Bessero Belti

The collection is currently at prototype stage while Belti finalises the definitive expression of his idea.

Experimenta vases by Giuseppe Bessero Belti

Photography is by the designer.