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This 3-D Printed Lampshade Pops Up And Packs Flat

Apartment dwellers, often on the move, will appreciate the easily transportable ZooM lamp.

  • <p>Lampshades don't box up very well.</p>
  • <p>Luckily, Dutch designer Michiel Cornelissen Ontwerp has found a solution: the ZooM lampshade.</p>
  • <p>ZooM is a 3-D printed, pop-up lampshade.</p>
  • <p>Its pentagonal arrangement of interlocked plastic spirals can be 3-D printed flat--making it cheaper to make and easier to ship.</p>
  • <p>Thread a light bulb cord through the center and watch it pop out, like a tent, into a classic lampshade shape.</p>
  • <p>Voila: you have a lampshade.</p>
  • <p>ZooM is something of a 4-D object, where the fourth dimension is self-assembly.</p>
  • <p>The ZooM lampshades start at about $150, and can be had <a href="http://www.michielcornelissen.com/3d-printed_ZooM_lamp.html" target="_blank">here</a>.</p>
  • 01 /08

    Lampshades don't box up very well.

  • 02 /08

    Luckily, Dutch designer Michiel Cornelissen Ontwerp has found a solution: the ZooM lampshade.

  • 03 /08

    ZooM is a 3-D printed, pop-up lampshade.

  • 04 /08

    Its pentagonal arrangement of interlocked plastic spirals can be 3-D printed flat--making it cheaper to make and easier to ship.

  • 05 /08

    Thread a light bulb cord through the center and watch it pop out, like a tent, into a classic lampshade shape.

  • 06 /08

    Voila: you have a lampshade.

  • 07 /08

    ZooM is something of a 4-D object, where the fourth dimension is self-assembly.

  • 08 /08

    The ZooM lampshades start at about $150, and can be had here.

Lampshades don't box up very well. Luckily, we can now avoid that problem with this 3-D printed lampshade by Dutch designer Michiel Cornelissen Ontwerp—a boon for urbanites on the move. (The last time I moved, I carried my hollow-shaped, space-wasting, easily punctured lampshade by hand.)

Like other flat-packed products, such as this kayak, this bike, and even this astronomically priced table, the ZooM is great for the lease-ending realities of apartment living. Its pentagonal arrangement of interlocked plastic spirals can be 3-D printed flat—making it cheaper to make and easier to ship. Thread a light bulb cord through the center and watch it pop out, like a tent, into a classic lampshade shape.

ZooM is something of a 4-D object, where the fourth dimension is self-assembly. That fluidity is a theme in Ontwerp’s designs—for example, his technique for 3-D printing the hinges on these sunglasses nixes the need for any assembly.

The ZooM lampshades start at about $150, and can be had here.