Zaha Hadid Architects exploration and research into systems of growth in the natural world have informed the distinct formal language of the Genesy lamp for Artemide. As in the organic development of trees, a sweeping canopy emerges through an extensive interconnected supporting network at the base.
The primary 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 from the floor. Like a growing organism, the central support sprouts branches that adopt a greater radial geometry to enhance the dynamic tensional forces of the structure.
Nature continues to inform the design as these branches frame voids, enhancing the contrast between positive and negative, convex and concave, tension and compression. These branches follow the coherent formal logic of morphology and spring from the central structure to support the light source. The Genesy lamp epitomizes the symbiosis between the sensual fluidity of the natural world and the exacting tolerances made possible by state-of-the-art manufacturing technologies.
Detailed ergonomic research and the latest 3D design technology allowed Zaha Hadid Architects to generate Genesy’s complex geometries. The sequence of expansions, protrusions and folds follow a formal algorithm of fluidity shaped by functional and ergonomic considerations. Genesy provides both direct and indirect lighting.
A linear halogen up-lighter is housed within the upper surface of the head whilst in the lower section, a semi-transparent screen the same color as the lamp conceals an adjustable LED spot projector as a direct task light.
Power and dimming operations are controlled by touch-pad technology sensors housed within the lamp’s central body, allowing Genesy to satisfy differing lighting tasks whilst simultaneously illuminate any environment to the users’ specific requirements.Zaha Hadid with Patrik Schumacher
Project Architect: Alessio Costantino
Program: Double emission Lamp: General Light with florescent lamp and Task light with 3x1Watt LED
Material: Expanded Polyurethane lacquered
Dimensions: Height 195cm / Length 120cm / Width 59cm Photographs: courtesy of Artemide