MGX, part of Materialise pioneered the use of 3D printing technologies (primarily stereolithography and selective laser sintering), that are usually used for rapid-prototyping, to make consumer goods. We are delighted that they started with lights! For these technologies allow the creation of objects that previously could never have existed in the real world. Quin (above) starts as a mathematical formula that was fed into the computer controlling the 3D printer. The result is elegant, simple (in that it is a sphere) but complex: even when standing in front of one, it is difficult to see how it all connects up.
If one Quin is good, then more Quins are better!
Why does this matter? Obviously, one could buy a lot of Minishakes and fix them all to the ceiling. But each one would need its own power supply and ceiling rose -- potentially messy and certainly expensive to install. So it is a great help when lighting manufacturers create top plates that anticipate quantities. The most common locations for them to be found are when clusters are hung down stairwells (as above), and when groups of three pendants are mounted in a row over a rectangular table, like this group of three of Dan Yeffet's fingerprint-like Details:
You can download a PDF of the brochure here.