54 interiors+sources october2016 interiorsandsources.com
Photography courtesy of Emerging Objects
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
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
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
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.
By Emerging Objects