Last year, designer Muhammad Khalid of Khawarizm Studio unveiled ‘The Future Catcher,’ a sculptural, 3D-printed smart lamp that placed third in the 2020 3D Printed Luminaire Design Competition, an event hosted by Huda Lighting in partnership with Immensa Additive Manufacturing to boost awareness of 3D printing technology in lighting and interior design industries. The innovative prototype celebrates the designer’s cultural heritage with a form inspired by famous wind catchers in Arabian architecture. The Future Catcher light fixture — also called Lou’Lou’ after the Arabic word for “pearls” — was exhibited at Dubai Design Week 2020 hosted by Colab space.
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Launched in March 2020, the 3D Printed Luminaire Design Competition not only gave designers across the MENA region a platform to showcase bespoke lighting products, but it also bolstered the UAE’s reputation as a hub for innovation in 3D printing. The shortlisted projects, picked by a multidisciplinary panel of experts, were 3D-printed by Immensa Additive Manufacturing Labs and exhibited at the Huda Lighting Dubai Showroom.
The four winning designs all feature dynamic and organically inspired forms, from first place winner Chirag Rangholia’s root-like ‘Chrysaora’ pendant lamp to Alaa Shibly’s angular fixture that’s aptly named ‘Bat’s Movement Biomimicry’; Shibly’s design tied with Khawarizm Studio’s entry for third place in the competition. The Future Catcher/Lou’Lou’ smart lamp is based on IoT (internet of things) technology and integrates sensors to respond to user commands for different lighting modes and colors.
“Our concept is to develop our cultural heritage in a futuristic design process,” Khawarizm Studio explained. “The form is influenced by famous wind catchers in our Arab world culture with parametric organic growth from the Voronoi 3D fractals to represent our love for Arabic heritage and organic growing patterns. As we are living in the age of fluidity in Zygmont Baumann’s philosophical approach; we decided to enhance fluidity in the Voronoi pattern, using just one algorithm for endless variations that represents the current hegelian Zeitgeist.”
Images via Khawarizm Studio