This lampshade was designed using one of my parametric systems for building design. It consists of an adaptive growth system applied to a tower base morphology.
Here are the steps involved:
Step 1: Design the Shell Structure
1 Branching system design in Processing
2 Branching system modeling finishes in Maya
3 Base morphology design in Grasshopper
4 Adaptive branching system according to triangular tessellation to morphology in Grasshopper
Step 2: 3D Print the Shell
Prepare the .stl file for 3D printing and print! This lampshade was 3D printed in black nylon plastic with a matte finish at Shapeways.
Step 3: Add Light
Make your own lamp by adding the light of your choice to the 3D printed shell structure (I used LED PAR30S MV, 12W).