Hive: A Biodegradable 3D-Printed Shade by Plumen

Plumen has teamed up with designer Luke Deering to create a bespoke shade specifically for their unique lightbulbs. Hive is a biomorphic, biodegradable, 3D-printed shade inspired by the natural structure of honeycombs. The shade works to frame the bulbs, allowing them to shine through and adding to their beauty.

Through the latest 3D-printing technology, Hive is printed in PLA bioplastic that’s 90% recycled plastic and other plant-based resources. In the end the shade will biodegrade within six months, closing its circle of life completely.

Kelly Beall is senior editor at Design Milk. The Pittsburgh-based graphic designer and writer has had a deep love of art and design for as long as she can remember, and enjoys sharing her finds with others. When undistracted by great art and design, she can be found making a mess in the kitchen, consuming as much information as possible, or on the couch with her three pets. Find her @designcrush on social.