Meet Puddy—a minimal 3D-printed lamp packed with personality
Face Puddy upwards for more intense light and, for more ambient lighting, face Puddy downwards.
Named after the combination of two words: ‘Paddy’ recalling the iconic conical hat that rice farmers wear in Southeast Asia, and ‘Buddy’ meaning a close friend, Puddy lamp features a conical shade and body, which are both 3D-printed with natural filament sourcing from various types of wood.
Each Puddy comes in one of four colours derived from the four different types of wood used in the lamp’s design – Birch, Ebony, Pine, and Willow.
“We use sustainable materials sourcing from nature, a unique blend of 40% grinded wood particles in combination with bioplastic produced from renewable resources,” explains ZM Design Lab.
“The colour and surface finishes may vary depending on the material from which the printing filament is made. Without the addition of fillers and varnishes, the naturalness of materials enhances the lamp by creating a physical and sensory interaction with the user.”
The lamp consists of an LED module, aluminium base and five 3D printed parts, every 3D printed part is designed to allow an easy assembly and disassembly of the lamp itself.
The main body hides the components of the LED module and a central rotating joint, which, without the aid of screws and surface cuts, ensures optimal functionality by integrating a double pair of magnets.
The aesthetics and formal cleanliness are not achievable with traditional production methods, given the presence of voids and undercuts necessary to support the electrical components.
The soft, diffused light emission can be adjusted to any intensity to create different lighting experiences.
Puddy lamp is Playful
The Puddy lamp is illustrative of ZM Design Lab’s playful philosophy, which focuses on creating new products that are functional and aesthetically pleasing.
Each product has a story to tell, a language that leverages the relationship of physical and emotional interaction while highlighting new and innovative materials and technologies.
“By exploiting the potential of the digital manufacturing technologies, we have designed the Puddy lamp to avoid any printing support and therefore to limit our production waste as much as possible,” explains ZM Design Lab.
“Once printed, the components are ready without adding any chemical colouring additives and paints for assembly.”