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Afillia: 3D Printed Polyamide Lights by Alessandro Zambelli


Afillia: Alessandro Zambelli Collection of Luminous Essentials and Airy Voids

Back in 2014, Alessandro Zambelli designed some 3D printed lights for .exnovo. Still, they are a fine example of coming up against the bare essentials. He named his collection of printed pendant and table lights “Afillia”. In botany worlds, where the name originally was borrowed from, it means ‘leafless’. Afillia is surely an apt image for a collection of luminous essentials and airy voids.

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Afillia Design Sketches

Swiss Pine and Diffusive Polyamide

The Afillia range of six light fixtures consists of three table lamps and three pendant lights. The base or socket ring is made from Swiss pine, a premium wood from the Alto Adige mountains. In line with the region’s ancient traditions, it is hand-crafted. The wood fitting locks on to a light diffuser in nylon fibre (polyamide), using selective laser sintering in professional 3D printing.

Allessandro Zambelli_Afillia_Swiss Pine WoodBetween Stuff and Shape – Air and Light

The centre piece of each of the accessories is the diffuser which embraces and embellishes space. Delicate, lace-like patterns with their geometrical pinholes give rise to two-dimensional origami in thin, curvaceous spirals.

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Lace-like patterns give rise to 2D origami in curvaceous thin spirals.

Free to waver at will, the light casts fleeting shadows, then beams into unexpected focus, forming round and bright halos. This is energy in it’s purest fluid form, in the no-man’s land between stuff and shape, air and light.

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Afillia Bedroom Application. Pictures: Yooko.fr

The product range is winner of the 2015 Product Innovation Award and still available for purchase at .ExNovo.

Allessandro Zambelli_Afillia for .exnovoImages in this post are courtesy of Designstudio Alessandro Zambelli and .ExNovo