Maggiolina: A Lamp by Alessandro Zambelli for .exnovo

.exnovo, pioneers in their use of 3D printing when it comes to lighting, launched the Maggiolina lamp, by Alessandro Zambelli, at this year’s Maison et Objet. To start, Zambelli took a look at science mixed with fantasy and drew from the surreal-like nature of metamorphosis. Much like the transformation in Franz Kafka’s novella, The Metamorphosis, Zambelli’s idea transforms from a beetle into a playful lamp.


The 3D printed shade is stout and through the hole pattern, you can make out the wings. The handmade ceramic base hints at smooth, new life, similar to the Scarabaeidae family.


Available in white, light blue, marsala, and mustard.



Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.