Industrial designer Kent Blazek is pleased to present a new pendant lamp design, the "Nexus Kitset," designed and manufactured in his native New Zealand.
The some-assembly-required pendant lamp actually consists of 60 identical blackened okoume plywood pieces, held together by plastic rivets; when the lamp is fully assembled, the pieces form asphere—or technically, a "deltoidal hexecontahedron"—half a meter in diameter, with a basic light fixture at its heart. "This is helped by the flexibility and memory of plywood itself, which when overlapped and connected with the plastic rivets, creates an even pull, creating the spherical shape."
The effect vaguely echoes the regularity of rattan, where the negative space forms a lattice of alternating parallelograms, while the color and construction preserve an element of mystery: "when [the light is] on, the inside of the lamp actually appears a bright golden color, picking up on accents of the underlying wood color/grain."
Blazek also has another allusion in mind:The pattern is reminiscent of aerial shots of town and city street grid work; an urban sprawl. The name NEXUS, literally means "A connection or series of connections linking two or more things," which reflects both its general structure, and embodied in the idea of an urban map.
Last but not least, the "Nexus Kitset" comes "packaged in a unique 160mm3 corrugated card[board] box, with cutout detail."