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Danny Aitken
Favolaschia Pore in Porcelain
Overall view of single household ‘module’ consisting of three porcelain lobes and central aluminium fixture with electronics fitted
Danny Aitken
Favolaschia Pore in Porcelain

Danny Aitken has designed a ceiling light fixture inspired by the natural and green light that of forest canopies and the porous fractal patterns of Favolaschia Pustolosa or the ‘White pore fungus’. Aitken’s ceiling light fixture uses translucent New Zealand kaolin porcelain to create glowing fungal lobes with a porous fractal underside. Their application is intended for large private homes and atriums of public spaces such as hospitals, libraries, and airports where the biomorphic design can reduce stress levels of users.

Urban environments often lack natural form, causing widespread mental degradation to those living and working in them, simply due to our exposure to natural stimuli being lower within brutalist consumerist environments. This contrasts with areas with more natural stimuli.

Exploring the source of why this stimulus is beneficial to us was the heart of this project and led Aitken to understand how all-natural form follows set fractal algorithms. Natural light interacts with plants, trees, and fungi to create visually stimulating effects that access our innate biophilic desires and feed our subconscious minds.


A digital rendering of what the product could look like if multiple ‘modules’ were tessellated and fitted in a large indoor space. Each module has three lobes, and multiple modules can be fitted to create an array.
Design Museum
A digital rendering of the product in situ at the design museum, showing how they create a canopy above the public as they wander through a museum atrium.
Sunlit Underside
Close detail of the underside of a single porcelain lobe, showing it glowing with natural sun light. Shows aluminium fixture detail which holds the lobe in place.
Green Overside
Close detail of LED backplate illuminating porcelain lobe with green light.
Detail shot on the fractal patterns between each porous indentation on the underside of the porcelain. Illuminated with green light.