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DIY meets LEDs

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Sparks Exterior Lighting System. Photo: Daniel Becker Design Studio.


Two popular, three-letter acronym-based product trends have recently converged: DIY and LEDs. German designer Daniel Becker created “Sparks” in order to explore the spatial possibilities of LED lighting technology, as well as provide Do-It-Yourselfers with the means to create large-scale illuminated sculptures. Sparks is comprised by several different modules that connect via simple screw-type joints to make expansive tree-like light assemblies. Sparks may be used indoors or out, and is designed to mount via a few strategically located attachments on vertical and horizontal surfaces. Resembling synthetic ivy, the sculptural lighting system can add dramatic visual interest to large rooms or gardens, and does not require any special expertise for installation.




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Blaine Brownell

thumbnail image Minnesota-based architect and author Blaine Brownell, AIA, is a self-defined materials researcher and sustainable building adviser. His "Product of the Week" emails and three volumes of Transmaterial (2006, 2008, 2010) provide designers with a steady flow of inspiration—a 21st-century Grammar of Ornament. Blaine has practiced architecture in Japan and the U.S. and has been published in more than 40 design, business, and science publications. The recipient of a Fulbright fellowship for 2006–07, he researched contemporary Japanese material innovations at the Tokyo University of Science. He currently teaches architecture and co-directs the M.S. in Sustainable Design program at the University of Minnesota. His book Matter in the Floating World was published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2011.