Imprint

Imprint is a line of coved architectural lighting products for interior and exterior residential and commercial spaces where the functionality of ADA compliant, indirect illumination of pathways is needed.

Imprint is also a perceptual trick. Illumination and an impression of the ordinary create a fleeting, déjà vu experience. On first encounter, the viewer may question what they believe they see. They could have different or even contradictory first, second and third impressions. Light and space are blurred. Is it on the wall? Is it in the wall? Is it floating, away from the wall?

In the next instance, the object comes into focus and seems familiar. Still, something about it doesn’t quite add up to the viewers own imprinted expectations. The moment of wonder continues and the questions shift: ‘what is it?’ Is it really an incandescent light bulb? Is it a luminary or a luminaire? In fact, it is a counter-relief form of trompe-l’œil, illuminated by a tiny coved light emitting diode.

The functioning prototype fixture was made of resin reinforced ZCorp plaster 3D prints for the main body and the lamp socket assembly and insert spline-tool are 3D printed ABS. The industrialized production process for the fixture body is slip cast reinforced plaster, sealed and impregnated with a bio-resin. The lamp socket assembly and insert spline-tool is injection molded ABS plastic. Lamping is a wedge-base style T10 warm white 12V DC LED with rubber socket boot, wire harness and external transformer.

9" W x 14" H x 3.5" D

Imprint was shortlisted and selected for exhibition: Happy LED Life! - design competition for Gwangju International Design Biennale 2015, organized by designboom

Jurors: Paola Antonella, Principal Design Curator at the MoMA, New York, Stefano Giovannoni, Architect / Designer, Principal of Giovannoni Design Studio, Milan, Birgit Lohmann, Editor-In-Chief of Designboom, Milan, Alberto Meda, Designer, Principal of Alberto Meda Industrial Design, Milan, Alessandro Mendini, Architect / Designer, Principal of Atelier Mendini, Milan, Denis Santachiara, Designer, Principal of Santachiara Studio, Milan, Lu Xiaobo, Dean, Academy of Arts and Design, Tsinghua University, Beijing, Nagasawa Tadanori, President, Musashino Arts University, Tokyo