After writing about the honeycomb-inspired Dragonfly and the arboriform Fractal Table, Iâ€™m getting to be somewhat of an expert on MGX technology. And why not? I like pieces based on complex applications of complex theories actualized via complex 3D printing. So when Dror used MGX by Materialise to create a light cube out of applied squared square geometry, I took note. Crafted from a flat, 3D selective laser sintered (SLS) print of interlocking squares, Volume.MGX is the collaborative table lamp by MGX and Drorâ€”the design firm that extends the work of Dror Benshetrit, someone who â€œbrings poetry to function.â€
Volume.MGX . Designed by Dror and MGY by Materialise.
The collapsible form of Volume.MGX is rather pleasing. To accept the inherent problems of construction by building in destruction is a little sign of geniusâ€”a subtle wink to paradox and a possible tribute to any one of the many creator/annihilator gods of myths and religions past (Hindu goddess Kali, who spawns and destroys worlds, immediately springs to mind). Fold it open and Volume.MGX turns into a cube that is itself composed of hundreds of laser-cut squares and sections of squares. Place the cover over the lighting unit and the cube sits at an angle (itâ€™s not a true cube, after all, since a piece of volume has been cut off at a slant). Itâ€™s like a die carefully balanced on its corner. Through the light that sits at its center, Volume.MGX emits a unique glow: â€œWhen illuminated, the beauty of the complexity of the shape is highlighted through the various effects the light has on the hundreds of squares that make up the collapsible form.â€ Volume. MGX seamlessly and comprehensively illustrates Dror's (and Benshetritâ€™s) tripartite belief--â€œinnovation in materials, technologies and geometries.â€