"The idea was born almost by accident", Fattelo designer and founder Federico Trucchia tells Gizmag. "The best method for making a prototype quickly is to use materials that you have at home. Therefore by using pizza boxes, I started to play around with a lamp design, which was then later developed into the open source project we have today."
The idea of giving an aesthetic value to a recovered pizza box received immediate enthusiasm from the group of Fattelo (meaning Do-It-Youself) designers. After some research, design adjustments and dozens of prototypes, the 01LAMP was ready to be switched on. Since the lamp was so easy to build, they wanted to make sure that anyone could simply download the design and construct it themselves. The concept was therefore made open source.
"The project is Open Source because we firmly believe in the free distribution of ideas," says Trucchia. "The project is continually evolving and users are free to make changes to the design or suggest changes. Our invitation is clear and open to all, use the 01LAMP as a starting base and then customize it to your liking."
Following a set of simple instructions, home builders can cut and fold a strong sheet of cardboard into the 01LAMP's free standing structure. Then, by fixing a low consumption LED light strip and power supply in place, the lamp is complete.
"Our next project is still on approval, we are considering various ideas, while at the same time we are trying not be anchored down by the same techniques we used for the 01LAMP," reveals Trucchia. "I can tell you that we are working on two separate projects: one which has to do with light and the other with sound. But that’s all I can reveal for now."
DIY enthusiasts can download the plans free of charge from the Fattelo website, or order a prepared kit for €40 (about US$53).