The Lavora Suede light sculpture is one of our most recent design pieces of an ongoing body of limited works that push the boundaries of additive manufacturing and software technologies. Inspired by the intricate formations of dessert dunes as they morph and shift in the breeze.
The structure of the piece allows light to penetrate through hidden openings and diffuse softly across the textured surfaces. As a composition of rolling curves, the outer form is carved out of the contours and accentuated. We like to think of light as a medium that can be shaped like its fluid; using surfaces as a source of emission and shadows to define depth.
Fitting a contemporary setting, this piece serves as a statement to the formally straight and rigid interior. The warm glow of illuminated sand has an almost therapeutic quality; ambient and serene as it compliments the evenings close.
Consisting of 98% Bavarian quartz sand, the resulting object is impressively durable considering its delicate appearance. A natural resin binder is impregnated after the printing process to further strengthen the structure, while preserving its original colour and texture. The technique was also chosen to minimise resources and waste, as excess material can be recycled and because of low melting temperatures, less energy is used than traditional means.
New modelling techniques have been explored that combine both the artistic freedom of digital sculpting tools, with simulated mapping algorithms.
Size: D 299 mm x W 277 mm x H 650 mm
Materials: Quartz Sand, bio resin binder
Technical specs: 18W LED E27 Bulb (x2), 2700K, 240V / 120V
Cable length 280 cm