When is the last time you looked at a light fixture and were transfixed by the organic beauty of the design? Naomi Kaempfer’s Ratio.mgx light, designed for Materialise, captures the natural simplicity of a honeycomb and turns it into a practical light fixture that sheds light in beautiful pools of color.
The irony of this rich, organic design is that it’s the product of pure science. Phyllotaxis – the science of the mathematical structures and rational design behind patterns found in nature – was applied to the structures found in leaf arrangement to come up with the elegantly interlocking, three dimensional rings of the Ratio.mgx oval. The resemblance to a honeycomb seems to prove nature’s love of good design.
Made of nylon epoxy, each Ratio.mgx lamp shade is available in white (which glows a soft cream when lit from the inside by a 50 watt halogen bulb), red or a deep forest green, amber, terra cotta, bordeaux, black and havana brown to go with any décor. The lamp posts are slender chrome stems that allow the shades to remain the focus of attention. A clever extra with the table lamp is the available concrete base – you can lift the post out and use the lamp as a hand-held torch when needed. Clever details like this and the dimming option are why Materialise lightings are consistent favorites with designers.