david nosanchuk models 3D printed pendant lamp after architectural ornament in NYC
(above) image by boone speed

 

 

 

motivated by a love of late 20th century american architecture, designer david nosanchuk has realized a series of 3D printed lamps with forms mapped from an architectural ornament found on the façade of a new york city building. the ‘louie’ pendant lamp for .exnovo — an italian producer of 3D printed decorative objects — has been born from a digital scan of the bayard condict building in manhattan’s noho district. this now-landmarked skeleton frame skyscraper was built in the late 1800s by architect louis sullivan — father of american modernism, mentor to frank lloyd wright, and author of the phrase ‘form follows function’.

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the form of the lamp is mapped from an architectural ornament found on a new york city building
image courtesy of david nosanchuk

 

 

 

after laser mapping the building, nosanchuk selected an ornate cornice element above the entry arch as a point of departure for the design of a hanging light. the data collected during the scan featured a highly structured and organic labyrinth of points and lines — motifs reflected in the final form of the ‘louie’ lamp. ‘it was an open lattice with no boundaries, a simultaneous space that could hold and pass light, perfectly suited to the 3D printing process and engineering artisanship of .exnovo’, nosanchuk describes.

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the ‘louie’ pendant lamp has been born from a digital scan of the bayard condict building
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‘louie’ has been presented during new york design week 2016 at collective design. prior to its presentation in new york, the pendant has been featured at the exhibition ‘ladies & gentlemen’ during milan design week 2016, previously featured by designboom here

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an an ornate cornice element on the building informed the design of the luminaire 
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the data collected during the scan featured a highly structured and organic labyrinth of points and lines
image © designboom

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the lamp is motivated by nosanchuk’s love of late 20th century american architecture
image © designboom

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detail of the 3D printed interlocking elements that form ‘louie’
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‘louie’ has been presented during new york design 2016 at collective design
image courtesy of david nosanchuk

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a warm glow is emitted by LED lights hidden from view 
image courtesy of david nosanchuk

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an ornate cornice element from the bayard condict building informed the design of the lamp 
image courtesy of david nosanchuk