The Incredible Bendable Origami Lamp

Posted: November 18th, 2009

Of all the unique product designs that have come about in our modern lifetime this one stands out for its quirky style and simple structure. This is the work of a German design student, Alice Gruhle, who, having been inspired by the world of Origami and Lego has created a lamp that can adapt into different sculptural shapes. It is bendable and fits together just like a Lego!

Grule entered a competition at Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach and to her surprise she won, with her Polymorph design concept using diamond shaped modules that are linked together and allows for it to fold at the joins. Jörg Müller, part of Protomold, gave some helpful advice on manufacturing the product with the US, Germany, Japan and other European countries. Grule used the concept for her end of term show, using modules linked together that were made from milled polypropylene sheets.

In addition she used Protomold’s very own ProtoQuote and ProtoFlow analysis software, which was useful in optimising for fast injection moulding production. Recently Grule is pleased to have received her first batch of injection moulded modules, commenting that “It’s really like Lego…every part must be right so that they all fit together perfectly.”The modules she has received are stronger than the ones used in her show, with the notches being squared instead of rounded allowing for the joints to be bent in both directions unlike the prototype which could only be bent in one.

Grule’s design has since been featured in German design magazines and has used 150 injection moulded modules to produce a hanging lamp. Her work is to be displayed in Frankfurt, at the Euromold exhibition this December.

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