All of the Lights
An installation of 100 unique 3D printed lamps
Throughout history, humanity’s darkest hours have been defined by “us vs. them.” Social warfare has been waged time and time again over differences in religious, philosophical, cultural, and political beliefs. All of these ideological fights represent something bigger—a society stuck in a groupthink mentality where the unique thought and complexity of the individual is lost in the fray.
What if the beauty of diversity and individuality could shine from every corner of our world?
ALL OF THE LIGHTS, an immersive installation of 100 unique 3D printed lamps, is a unified exhibit of individuality. It represents a bright future where individuality is celebrated and reflected in environments that are as unique and complex as we are. The installation redefines craft for the 21st century, combining sculpture, design, and digital fabrication to create an immersive glimpse into the future.
Early explorations in the form of loose sketches
Hand-crafted Digital Designs
To bring a personal and human element to each of the designs, we decided to digitally sculpt each one by hand.
As the process unfolded, a variety of form families emerged while the personality of each lamp remained unique. Some were symmetrical and appeared rooted in pure geometry. Some were gestural, feeling like captured motion. Others swirled and stretched into splendid spirals. Some were representational, reminding us of abstract avocados, handsome hats, and timeless toys.
Early Lamp Renders: At this stage we used computer generated renders to visualize the shapes. These illustrations allowed us to explore the way light and shadows fall on these unique forms.
The Budmen BUILDER™ printing Lamp No. 18
Why 3D Printing?
3D printers can make hundreds of the same object but their real strength is in making hundreds of different objects at no extra cost. 3D printing is a shift from a world full of mass manufactured products to one where each item can be a unique reflection of our individuality.
Large Luminous Layers
Layer by layer by layer, a 3D printer creates objects. This process produces surfaces with striations similar to those seen on rock formations and tree bark. Printing with thick layers produces even more dramatic striations.
We love this uniquely layered aesthetic, not only is it a signature of the process, but the object takes on an entirely new character when illuminated.
What if you intentionally run a 3D printer too fast or too hot?
The speed changes will cause the plastic to skip and an array of randomized holes will appear. The temperature changes will cause different bands of tonality.
We don't consider these inconsistencies to be glitches, they are perfect imperfections -- part of the lamp's character. The result is an aesthetic that is simultaneously computational, organic and unique.
- No. of Unique Designs
- 100 Lamps
- Total 3D Print Time
- 453 Hours
- Shortest Print
- 3.25 Hours
- Longest Print
- 8.8 Hours
- Total Electrical Cord
- 1704 Feet
- Total Plastic Filament
- 4.5 Miles
Illuminate your imagination.
Explore ALL OF THE LIGHTS.
Find the lamp as unique as you are.
Let your individuality shine.
ALL OF THE LIGHTS Book
Discover ALL OF THE LIGHTS, the immersive installation of 100 unique 3D printed lamps, in a whole new light with this beautiful 8.5" x 11" full color book. Ships in 2-3 weeks.
In the 140+ pages you will discover:
- High resolution photos of all 100 3D printed lamps
- Behind-the-scenes look at the design and fabrication stages
- In-depth explanations of the ideas, imagination, and realization of the project
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