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Published on Sep 15, 2011
Bloom is one of the pieces created using the latest 3D printing technology that went on display at the V&A museum as part of the Industrial Revolution 2.0 exhibition -- juxtaposing tradional craftworks with contemporary products. Designed by Patrick Jouin, the piece produced by Materialise using Additive Manufacturing of nylon on a PU base. Jouin's contemporary 'Bloom' lights take their inspiration from 'Chinoiserie' style popular between 1745 and 1765. Bloom has an articulated shade that can be opened or closed like a blooming lotus flower, allowing for more or less light to be diffused. All of the moving mechanical parts of the shade are created in one 'print' and the lampshade emerges from the printing machine complete; there is no assembly.