Best Design Awards Winner
ECC Lighting Design Award
Wellington, New Zealand
Lustrous Lights is a 3D printed upcycled installation made from inflight waste that represents NZ identity and demonstrates localised manufacturing. The Lustrous Lights series is an output of a research portfolio submitted to Victoria University of Wellington in fulfilment of a Master's Degree in Design Innovation.
The complex plastic problem does not have a one size fits all solution; however, additive technologies and design can aid in the transition towards a circular economy and apply designed outputs to niche applications. The introduction of a 3D printed upcycling system can reutilise unwanted waste plastics, gain control of the material life-cycle and repurpose them into higher-quality products.
A materials-led investigation with Air New Zealand’s old polystyrene coffee stirrers resulted in a range of 3D printed artefacts with novel visual, tactile and structural qualities. The upcycled filament has a spectacular crystal quality which was utilised through designing a surface texture that resembles traditional Māori taniko patterns. The printed light shades were combined with aluminium fastenings and chrome fixtures to compliment, yet remain a focus on the elegant light shade patterns.
Lustrous Lights are designed for the Air New Zealand International Koru Lounges within Airports to showcase the airline's sustainable efforts and engage a wide audience with the possibilities of 3D printed upcycling. The geometric freedom of 3D printing allows each cylinder dimensions and pattern arrangement to be modified, designing a unique piece for every Koru Lounge space.