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Genesy lamp for Artemide : Light by Zaha Hadid

Product Design by Zaha Hadid Architect, London, England, UK

20 May 2009

Artemide Lamp

Design: Zaha Hadid

Zaha Hadid Architects exploration and research into systems of growth in the natural world have informed the distinct formal language of the Genesy lamp for Artemide. As in the organic development of trees, a sweeping canopy emerges through an extensive interconnected supporting network at the base. The primary components of this organic analogy are transformed from abstract diagrams into Genesy’s fluid design.

Genesy lamp for Artemide Zaha Hadid Light
render by Zaha Hadid Architects

The lamp’s structure increases in complexity as it rises from the floor. Like a growing organism, the central support sprouts branches that adopt a greater radial geometry to enhance the dynamic tensional forces of the structure. Nature continues to inform the design as these branches frame voids, enhancing the contrast between positive and negative, convex and concave, tension and compression.

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render by Zaha Hadid Architects

These branches follow the coherent formal logic of morphology and spring from the central structure to support the light source. The Genesy lamp epitomizes the symbiosis between the sensual fl uidity of the natural world and the exacting tolerances made possible by state-of-the-art manufacturing technologies.

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Photography courtesy of Artemide

Detailed ergonomic research and the latest 3D design technology allowed Zaha Hadid Architects to generate Genesy’s complex geometries. The sequence of expansions, protrusions and folds follow a formal algorithm of fluidity shaped by functional and ergonomic considerations. Genesy provides both direct and indirect lighting.

A linear halogen uplighter is housed within the upper surface of the head whilst in the lower section, a semi-transparent screen the same colour as the lamp conceals an adjustable LED spot projector as a direct task light. Power and dimming operations are controlled by touchpad technology sensors housed within the lamp’s central body, allowing Genesy to satisfy differing lighting tasks whilst simultaneously illuminate any environment to the users’ specific requirements.

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Genesy lamp – Design Information

PROGRAM: Double emission Lamp: General Light with fluorescent lamp and Task light with 3x1Watt LED
CLIENT: Artemide
ARCHITECT: Zaha Hadid Architects
Design Zaha Hadid with Patrik Schumacher
Project Architect Alessio Costantino
MATERIAL: Expanded Polyurethane lacquered
DIMENSIONS: Height 195cm / Length 120cm / Width 59cm

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