It doesn't seem that long ago when 3D printing was deemed a far-off—and costly—means of design, but now we have the technology at our finger tips. Although it can at times still seem rather Jetson-esque, 3D printing allows designers to push the boundaries of their imaginations with less waste than traditional fabrication. We sat down with the new Starlight fixture from San Francisco-based Emerging Objects to get the details on its life since it has found fame.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up traveling between Earth and outer space. My mother is a star and my father is a field of corn. I take after both of my parents: I’m made of corn and formed in the shape of a star.
What was your first big break?
When I realized I could replicate myself in any color or combination of colors.
Where was the last place the paparazzi photographed you?
At the University of California Berkeley.
What’s the rumor mill churning out about you these days?
I am 3D printed, which means that I’m a model for the future.
Who are some of your idols and influencers?
Definitely Buckminster Fuller. I am made of 20 hexagons and 12 pentagons—some people refer to me as a “buckyball.”
Aside from sugar, spice, and everything nice, what else are you made of?
I am made of bio-plastic, which is a biodegradable plastic, but don’t worry: I only biodegrade under high heat in compostable conditions—not in your office. Sometimes other materials are added to my bio-plastic such as copper, coffee, or wood to create new color and material effects.
If you could get one plastic surgery procedure what would it be?
I always want to change the color of my cord—fortunately there are many different color options available.
What’s your biggest turn-on?
I’m a light, so I think it’s fair to say a switch.
That same switch!
Who’s your current bestie?
The star lounge. It’s a 3D-printed room made of multicolor hexagons and pentagons. It has been like a big brother to me and can be
Who would you like to work with next?
I represent the future of manufacturing and the future of materials. There is also no waste in my manufacturing cycle so I would like to
work with someone who is technologically progressive and environmentally conscientious. Oh, and they should also like to be surrounded by beautiful objects.
What’s the worst part about fame?
I’m a rising star! I can’t wait to be famous.
Photography courtesy of Emerging Objects