The Dutch are known for many things, like tulips, delicious stroopwafels and, above all, design. Globally, the Netherlands is recognized as a prolific hub for architecture, fashion and product design—a reputation that rings true when visiting the Northern European nation, where elegant, minimal and innovative spaces and pieces abound.
Freshfiber, an Amsterdam-based design brand, has taken the tenets of Dutch design and combined them with our favourite medium, 3D printing, to create a series of functional and beautiful products, including phone covers, Apple watch bands and most recently, lighting.
In the latter category, the forward-thinking design brand has launched three new lighting collections: Fold, Flux and ZooM. Each of the collections was created by a local up-and-coming designer and combines 3D printing and more traditional hand finishing techniques.
“By combining delicate design with state of the art technology, Freshfiber created unique and premium lighting with carefully chosen materials of the highest quality such as nylon and steel,” the design brand writes. “The collection comes in three different lamp designs, various models and sizes, and is suitable for residential homes, restaurants, and hotels. Freshfiber Lighting beautifies any space looking for a contemporary touch.”
The three lamp collections, which are now available for pre-order (and are expected to ship by September 2019), range from €148,75 to €280,98.
The Freshfiber Fold Lamp collection was designed by Matthijs Kok, who has been on our radar for some time thanks to his innovative 3D printed phone case and Apple watchband designs. His latest project, the Fold Lamp, continues his signature of combining functionality, aesthetics and 3D printing.
The lamp was reportedly inspired by atmospheric illumination and emphasizes versatility in its structure. That is, the 3D printed lamp can be adjusted to its surroundings in a number of ways. For one, the base of the lampshade can rotate 360 degrees around the light source, enabling the user to alter the direction and intensity of the light.
The sculptural lamp can also create two different types of light: a strong direct light or an indirect light which is emitted through the overlapping layers of the folded structure. The latter option diffuses an ambient lighting that showcases the Fold Lamp’s many layers.
The Flux Lamp, designed by Gabi Potsa, is available in two versions: as a table lamp or a pendant lamp. Both versions are distinguished by their geometric structures, which recall the form of interconnected, flowing ribbons.
When lit, the structure of the Flux Lamp shields the light source and diffuses a soft light through its interlaced structure, which becomes increasingly “undone”, like hanging ribbons. The asymmetric form of the lamp also creates movement in the light, that changes depending on the viewer’s placement in relation to the lamp.
Last but not least is the new 3D printed ZooM Lamp, designed by Michiel Cornelissen. The suspension lamp, notable for its pentagonal shape, is made up of hundreds of repeating, interlocking elements, which result in a textile-like structure.
The resulting lighting effect is stunning, as the lamp shield’s the lightbulb’s direct glare and diffuses a softer, textured light.
Also notable about the design is that the ZooM Lamp is designed to be 3D printed flat using a Nylon material and subsequently assembled. The piece is available in two sizes: a large version measuring 28 cm in diameter and a smaller version which has a diameter of 20 cm.