The Manufacturing Metamorphosis of Zambelli’s 3D Printed Maggiolina Lamps

Around this time last year, we covered Alessandro Zambelli’s Afilia Lamp collection, designed for 3D printed lamp pioneer .exnovo. This year, the young Italian designer is at it again, introducing his Maggiolina collection of tabletop and wall-mounted, 3D printed lamps.

The new collection was presented at the Maison et Objet exhibit in Paris and has already been favorably received by critics, hinting that it will be one of the highlights at Milan’s Design Week next April.

Zambelli drew headlines last year by being one of the first industrial designers to unleash the power of 3D printing technologies, by combining complex laser-sintered geometries of nylon components (mainly the diffusers) with a traditionally manufactured, precious wood bases. This way, he explained, the perceived value of the object is significantly superior with respect to one made only of nylon. The Maggiolina lamp carries this line of thought forward by replacing the wood with ceramics.

The Maggiolina design also resents a shift from Zambelli’s previous plant-based inspiration (Afilia means “without leaves) to a concept based on a “Kafkian-like” metamorphosis, with the lamp transforming into a ladybug-like sculpture. Maggiolina is actually a made-up word that literally means “lady-scarab”, although it is different from the actual Italian word for ladybug, which is “coccinella”. This gives the lamps a more original name, which also reflects the designer’s original approach. … (read more)


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