decor, lighting

Microscopic inspiration: the Pollen Lamps

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Swiss art director Regine Cavicchioli and two students from Zurich University of the Arts, Roman Jurt and Michael Kennedy, have created a series of lamps that mimic the look of pollen under microscopic vision. The Pollen Lamps originated as an advertising campaign for pharmaceutical company Sanofi's allergy-relief products and to spread awareness of the effects of pollen by illustrating its dispersal visually.

Project designer Roman Jurt says, ‘Nature is really complicated, especially in the shapes and forms of their own surfaces.’ The lamps are constructed from nylon, using 3D printing- and laser-cutting  technologies to help achieve the dimensions and textures in the lamps. The designers have used the free-form aesthetic of pollen to come up with a range of lamps that are not only functional in the home, but also have organic visual appeal and can be seen as contemporary art pieces.

The lamps, which can be hung as pendants or used as table-top fixtures, come in six unusual shapes, colours and textures that would work well in a variety of settings. Whether your style is boho-chic, minimalist, or completely out there, there's something in the collection to suit your taste. Each is inspired by a different kind of pollen particle, namely ambrosia, bertula, taraxacum, fraxinus, helianthus and poaceae. Colour-changing bulbs are fitted inside the lamps to really bring out their surface details.

Usually the students' work stems from practicality, but this project turns to nature for creative inspiration, and the Pollen Lamps show how beauty can be taken from anything around us, even in the smallest particles.

The lamps are not on sale in South Africa but are available for shipment, and prices vary depending on your choice. For more information, visit pollenlamps.com.