Global Meets Local: The Gudpaka Lamp by gt2P

Of an extraordinarily soft and fluffy matter, the Gudpaka Lamp hangs like an abstract piece of art. I'm still trying to figure out if the name "Gudpaka" gave away its outer fur's origin for me initially, or if I was just hoping it did, but the authentic covering that coats the funky great things to People (or gt2P) lamp comes straight from the Chilean design team's mountainous Alpacas themselves.

Gudpaka Lamp. Designed by gt2P.

Using Alpaca Wool, gt2P's Gudpaka Lamp Gives Digital Crafting an Old World Look.

Perfectly described in their own words as "a game of opposites", the company gt2P, also known as great things to People, writes that "besides merging digital and traditional (in its manufacturing process)," the Gudpka Lamp "meets also the global and the local (in its design process), vegetable and animal (in its appearance), smooth shapes and flat faces (in its geometry), northern and southern (in the Chilean materials used)."

Gudpaka Lamp. Designed by gt2P.

By using digital crafting and innovative thermoforming to create the Gudpaka lamp, gt2P combines the artisan quality of locally-sourced products with the advancing world of computer-driven design. In so many words, the process begins with developing a low-cost mdf mold that is cut and routed by CNC machinery. After that, 3.5 mm Coigue plywood strips were added along with alpaca felt strips to the ABS structure, and for a finishing touch (literally) the outer covering is extra Alpaca wool that is handwoven into the lighting fixture.

Gudpaka Lamp. Designed by gt2P.

The grand size and materials used in the Gudpaka Lamp by gt2P makes an Old World-Meets-New statement of originality to set itself apart from other pendant lights and chandeliers.

About the Designer/Manufacturer: Great things to people (gt2P) is a Chilean studio that values artistic endeavors of experimentation and advanced digital technology. They seek to create modern products by identifying their variables or relevant parameters (geometry, size, material, etc.) by combining their intricate "DNA rules of design" with algorithms that can control the form and function. Using their digital craft, the Chilean artisans are able to reproduce beautiful works of intricate design - like lighting, shelving, sideboards, tables and tabletop items - with a unique eye for unconventional contemporary designs.

Posted February 24, 2012 by Sonja Hall

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