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Genesy Lamp

  • Milan, Italy
  • Artemide
  • Complete
  • 195 x 120 x 59cm Material: Expanded Polyurethane lacquered Finish: Gloss

The studio’s research into the evolutionary systems of the natural world informed the distinctive formal language of the Genesy lamp for Artemide. Echoing the growth pattern of trees in a forest, a sweeping canopy emerges through an interconnected supporting network at the lamp’s base. The components of this organic analogy are transformed from abstract diagrams into Genesy’s fluid design.

The lamp’s structure increases in complexity as it rises. Like a growing organism, the central support sprouts thick branches. Nature continues to inform the design as these branches frame voids, heightening the contrast between positive and negative, tension and compression. Following this formal logic, further branches spring from the central structure to support the main light source.

The project encapsulates the relationship between the organic forms of the natural world and the exacting tolerances made possible by state-of-the-art manufacturing technologies. Detailed ergonomic research and the latest parametric tools allowed the studio to generate the lamp’s complex geometries. Its sequence of expansions, protrusions and folds follows a formal algorithm, shaped by functional and ergonomic considerations.

Genesy provides both direct and indirect lighting, with a linear halogen up-lighter in the head and an adjustable LED spot projector in the lower section, concealed by a semi-transparent screen in the same shade as the lamp. Touchpad power and dimming controls are discreetly housed within the central body of the lamp, allowing Genesy to satisfy both aesthetic and functional demands.




Zaha Hadid with Patrik Schumacher

Project Architect

Alessio Costantino