These pendant lights examined the possibility and combination of rapid prototyping and craft approaches to hand finishing as a production method.
Parametric modelling through Grasshopper was used to generate a series of diagonal-grid patterns. The lack of tooling created an opportunity to constantly vary patterns for each printed object, with minimal labour and no additionally tooling. Numerous variations allowed the lights to be individual while existing as a series—each simultaneously similar and different. Once printed in Nylon plastic, each was hand-dyed through a similar process used for textiles. These unique gradients augmented digital outcomes, further enhancing individuality and expanding possibility for variation, introducing the hand of the artist into a project using mass production technologies.
These were Studio Batch's first commercial outcome that successfully combined digital and hand-craft techniques. They was selected Winner: Best Lighting Product, VIVID Design Awards 2014.
Images courtesy of Studio Batch
Produced in collaboration with Ilya Fridman and Marinos Drakopoulos