Two-Tier Chandelier Formed Out of 8,000 Clear LEGO Blocks

We have seen all kinds of creative LEGO sculptures in the past – the children’s toy is inspiration for so many exciting things. But, we haven’t seen anything quite like this transparent LEGO chandelier by Copenhagen-based industrial designer Tobias Tstesen. The artist says, “I enjoy when design through a simple story, form, and material is sensuous, and because of those facts continues to surprise, admire, and therefore achieve a long life.”

With extreme precision and lots of planning, Tstesen developed this functional design that was revealed at the 2013 Milan Design Week. Rather than the typical reds, blues, greens, and yellows of original LEGOs, the designer used 8,000 transparent plastic bricks to build the two-tier design in which light reflects through the curved shape in natural illumination. Tstesen says that the final product is complex while “still keeping a dialogue with the real world of architecture and design, where bricks, despite their ubiquity, persist to challenge human creativity and continually forge new paths.”

Tobias Tstesen’s website
via [Designboom]

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Romantic Man Builds a Vintage-Inspired Mechanical Toy for His Girlfriend

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