Danzer Light

Year
2010

GXN team
Kim Herforth Nielsen, Kasper Guldager Jørgensen, Thiru Manickam, Thomas Holst Madsen and David Ole Wolthers

As simple as toys
Danzer Light is a giant, three-dimensional puzzle. The light installation is a creation by 3XNs research and development department GXN, who use experimental design to examine, demonstrate and integrate the latest knowledge within design tools, digital production and new materials.

The Danzer Light contains 180 pyramid shaped elements but consists of only four base components. The shape has been developed using a mathematical principle on aperiodic tiling developed by Ludwig Danzer in 1989. All the elements have shared faces and can therefore, like toys, be reconfigured in endless combinations.

Light without wires
The pyramids are built in aluminum with an integrated light on each element. The electric current is conducted through the aluminum, meaning that Danzer Light functions without any wires. The design is an example of how complexity can be solved logically. This is a feature which characterizes many of 3XNs buildings.

The work of GXN
We aim to operate on the cutting edge between core science and commercial solutions. The department has a great focus on possibilities in new – and green – materials. Earlier materials used to be buildings blocks, something you designed with. Today, materials have become design objects, which can be designed to meet specific needs and requirements with regard to sustainability, functionality, strength, durability and aesthetics.

Ultimately, we use the periodic table of elements as our building blocks. The question is not what material you choose, but which properties you want to incorporate into specific products or projects.

Development and Design: GXN
Light Behaviour: Electrotexture
Production: LED iBond
Copenhagen, Denmark
2010

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