I designed this lampshade to mimic the shape of a lotus flower.
I chose the lotus flower for its naturally elegant and aesthetic shape.
During the design process I aimed to create the flower so the position and form of the petals would catch the light from a bulb in interesting ways, to make it engaging and attractive to look at.
My intent was to envelope the light in a way that would alter the harsh light given off by the bulb giving it a softer quality to create a warmer, more calming effect.
I used Solidworks to create the Lotus, challenging myself to create a shape that was as organic as possible - as the software is more generally used for product design with more defined shapes, containing less irregularity than usually found in nature.
This lampshade was designed to fit over a 20mm light fitting, feel free to scale the size of the lotus in your slicing software for fittings of different sizes.