Flowing, organic lighting series uses innovative 3D printing process

Designed by Werner Aisslinger for Baulmann Leuchten, Dune luminaires are spheres made of quartz sand, inspired by Pierre Cardin’s Palais Bulles. 

Presented at this year’s Light + Building in Frankfurt, designer and architect Werner Aisslinger introduced the new Dune lighting series for the German company Baulmann Leuchten. Made of interlocking, morphing spheres made of quartz sand, this object can be used as suspension, floor, table and wall luminaire. The flowing, organic shapes are inspired by Pierre Cardin’s famous Palais Bulles in Theoule-sur-Mer in France, which was created in collaboration with the architect Antti Lovag. 

The series is manufactured from quartz sand using an innovative 3D printing process. The FDB printers used apply the particle material in 80-400 μm thin layers to the construction surface of the 3D printer, before a high-resolution print head selectively prints and bonds this layer with the polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) binder, depending on the specifications of the component data. 

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