Crystal Structures

Edited by: Roberta De Monte

Design by: Daniel Becker

Where: Nowhere

Proofreading: Bianca Baroni


Irregular shapes, three-dimensionality and brightness. These are the starting points that have given life to LEM lamps, created by German designer Daniel Becker. In fact, the study of these light items is based on the analysis of patterns that make up the crystal structures.


In chemistry, the quasicrystals are a particular form of solid in which the atoms are arranged in a deterministic structure but not repetitive, that is not periodic as occurs in normal crystals. In practice, the arrangement of atoms is fixed and regular, but is not periodic in all the material: each cell has a different configuration of other cells that surround it. LEM is, therefore, the result of the analysis and interpretation of quasicrystals and aperiodic patterns. The series of wall lamps consists mainly of angular shapes, made, three-dimensionally, through the modelling of a metal mesh.


The supporting structure is covered by several layers of fabrics, films and foils, these create numerous plays of light, depending on the type of lamp used. The process of LEM’s development is still on-going, but the main intention of the design is the research of shapes with high visual complexity but also the creation of a construction that is reduced simply to the necessary parts.  The lamps are available on the design website Contemporary Components.



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