With her Make lamps, inspired by old hanging microphones, Hanieh Heidarabadi has explored the idea of deconstruction and challenged the definition of a finished product.
Launched in April in Milan, Hanieh Heidarabadi's Make lamps comprise a brass tube, steel thread and a 3D-printed lampshade that she hopes will encourage people to continually redesign the object after purchasing it.
She told us more about her process and thinking.
Tell us about the Make lamps?
Make lamp is a continuation of my previous projects in which I examined new techniques and materials. Instead of deconstructing form and shape, with the Make lamp I deconstruct the different elements of a lamp and the final design.
The shape and form was inspired by old hanging microphones from the 1950s and 60s. The lamp comprises a brass tube, steel thread and screw-nut for construction and, finally, a lampshade in polyamide. The lampshade is 3D-printed and can easily be replaced by a new shape.
By allowing numerous shapes, the Make lamp challenges the ideas of the final design of a lamp as a product. The different parts can also be purchased separately, allowing the owner to custom-make and print their own lampshade.
I wanted to juxtaposition the two materials, nylon and brass. For me brass is associated with boats, musical instruments and often decorating elements whereas nylon is the total antithesis of brass. Nylon is one of the most commonly used plastics and has been used in toothbrushes, women's stockings and fabrics.
Could you explain a little more about the idea of deconstruction?
Make Lamp is a study and experiment in how you define a final product. The idea was to allow the customer to use and eventually 3D-print their own lamp shape. So who owns the idea of the design? Would you experience the product differently if you were involved in the design process?
It would be great if other people would start producing their own lampshades. In the meantime, I have two shapes and I could also custom-make shapes to order.
Tell us about your approach to design?
My approach to design is always based on curiosity somehow. It could be anything from a new technique or material that I never worked with to a new function. I love working with contrast and especially looking at how different materials interact.
How does your professional/academic background influence your work?
I earned my master's degree in molecular biology before I started studying architecture. Along with my studies in architecture, I had the opportunity to study at two different design schools in Scandinavia: Konstfack in Stockholm and Copenhagen design school.
Of course, my natural science background and my architectural training have had a great impact on me as a person, but also my work. I think architecture studies are great if you want to work with design. In both cases, you have to think of form, proportions and function but just at two different scales.
What do you have planned next?
My next dream project would be to collaborate with a glass manufacturer or a cabinetmaker – or why not combine the two? I'd also like to continue developing the concept of the Make lamp.