Somewhere between the realms of nature and science is the Hyphae Lamp from design firm Nervous System. In a series of literally one-of-a-kind lamps, the Hyphae is part of a new algorithmically generated lighting design.
Based on the vein formations found in leaves, each Hyphae lamp is as uniquely shaped as the leaf veins found in nature. The design is 3D printed onto nylon plastic, which casts a branchy glow when lit from within by an eco-friendly LED bulb.
According to Nervous System the Hyphae is "inspired by the vein structures that carry fluids through organisms from the leaves of plants to our own circulatory systems, we created a simulation which uses physical growth principles to build sculptural, organic structures.
Starting from an initial seed and a surface, we grow a hierarchical network where nodes constantly branch and merge. The densely interconnected structure is at once airy and strong." The technology used to create each lamp is just as complex as the natural process that inspires it.
DesignBloom, a leading independent publication for contemporary issues and critique of art, architecture and design explains, "the lamps are grown using a custom design software that nervous system created in C++ using CGAL and cinder. Each one starts from a base volume and a set of root points; the structures emerging through an interactive process as the roots grow into an auxin filled environment."
"No two lamps are alike, each casting a unique pattern of branching shadows on the wall and ceiling." The lamps use three LED lights with an approximated lifetime of over 50,000 hours or nearly six years of continuous use. The art meets nature meets technology lamp retails for $600. Find out more at n-e-r-v-o-u-s.com.