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3D-printed 'Lacelamps' throw wild patterns on the walls

Paris designers turn to 3D printing for lamps that transform rooms with mesmerizing light and shadow.

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It's a lamp and wallpaper all in one! Linlin and Pierre-Yves Jacques

In the olden days, when a lady had a gentleman back to her place, she might have thrown a lace handkerchief over a lamp to make the setting more conducive to, um, romance. Paris-based designers Linlin and Pierre-Yves Jacques have brought that concept smack dab into the 21st century with their Lacelamps.

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"Sky" Linlin & Pierre-Yves Jacques

Using 3D printing, the couple created plastic lace insets that dovetail with black shades. When the lamp is turned on, beautiful patterns are thrown onto the wall. There's a hanging version of the lamp known as "Sky," and a table lamp called "Land."

"Our inspiration comes from the play of shade and light," the couple told Crave. "We wanted to create a delicate lighting solution. Once the light is on, it creates a real mesmerizing atmosphere in your interior. The pattern is inspired by traditional lace that we have transformed in a wacky way in relief, showing unexpected shapes on your walls, your furniture and everyday objects."

Linlin and Pierre-Yves say the plastic is heat resistant and can stand up to an incandescent bulb, although they recommend using LED bulbs instead. Colored LEDs would probably make the effect even more striking.

The lamps aren't for sale, though the couple says they're working in that direction and that response from their September exhibit at Paris Design Week was encouraging. Your best bet for now is to keep an eye on their website.

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A close-up of the 3D-printed component of the lamp. Linlin and Pierre-Yves Jacques