3D-Printed Bulbshades Inspired by Art Deco-Style Skyscrapers

Product designer David Graas rethinks the standard light bulb with his dazzling, Art Deco-inspired creations. Called Stalaclights, they're 3D-printed bulbshades featuring intricate details that are reminiscent of the first skyscrapers built in cities like New York and Chicago. Graas' designs hang upside down and mimic the icicle-looking stalactites you'd see in a cave – hence the clever name.

Stalaclights take advantage of the fact that LED lighting emits little heat. It's now possible to connect a shade to a bulb without it getting too hot, and this gives designers the license to come up with unique-looking lighting solutions. Here, Graas creates the illusion that the towers grow directly from the bulb.

Lovers of architecture and sculptural lighting can buy their own Stalaclights starting around $236 a piece.

David Graas website
via [Co.Design and CityLab]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met and Manager of My Modern Met Store. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.

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