You remember Hoberman spheres, right? Those collapsing, 3-D gizmos ?
Pish posh--they've got nothing on this new lamp by Studio Dror, being unveiled this week at Art Basel. The shade itself folds completely flat--it actually looks just like a bit of chicken wire or plastic fencing. But give it a tug, and the thing unfurls into a forest of interlocking cubes.
The only way to create something this complex is rapid prototyping--and laser sintering, to be exact. The process works by sweeping a laser across a pan of powdered nylon; when the lasers hit the nylon, it fuses ("sinters"). The process repeats in layers, until the final product emerges. Thus, you can create interlocking shapes all at once--for example, a chain whose links are completely closed.
Dror created the lamp for Materialise.MGX , which specialises in producing furniture using laser sintering. The lamp shade itself is designed so that the cubes are densest in the center--thus diffusing the light simply by overlapping.
If the name Dror sounds vaguely familiar, then it's probably because the studio, founded by Dror Benshetrit, recently designed a line for Target .