Olafur Eliasson

The Starbrick is an experiment with light modulation and space.

Olafur Eliasson

Olafur Eliasson

Olafur Eliasson is a Danish/Icelandic artist famous for his experiments with human perception. He plays with physical phenomena such as light, shadow, colours, mist, wind and waves. He makes the technological prerequisites for his work a perceptible part of his installation.


The Starbrick is a lighting module designed by Olafur Eliasson in collaboration with Zumtobel. The versatile modules can be used in a number of ways: as a pendant, floor or table luminaire. Modules can be linked up to build free-standing or suspended sculptures, ceilings or walls. Modern LED technology provides for versatile lighting options. The LEDs can be dimmed and can be used for both direct lighting and ambient lighting. The Starbrick has a large number of possible applications in both private homes and public buildings. The Starbrick is available as an unlimited edition and is sold via the website of Starbrick GmbH & Co. KG domiciled at the Studio Olafur Eliasson, Berlin.


The Starbrick is made of injection-moulded polycarbonate components with a matt black finish. The semitransparent yellow reflective faces in the centre are backlit by LEDs. The light provided by the LED boards facing outside is focused and distributed uniformly via plastic refractors.

Technical details

Dimensions (in mm): 550 x 560 x 580
Dimensions (in in): 21 x 22 x 18, Ø 23
Weight (in kg): 9.5
Weight (in lbs): 21
Light source: LED
Control: portable transmitter
Power consumption: 75 W
Mains voltage: 90 – 260 V
Material: polycarbonate


 Kunstkammer Wien, Vienna, Austria, 2013
 BOROS, Berlin, Germany, 2013
 EYE Film Institute Netherlands, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2012
 Venice Architecture Biennale, Venice, Italy, 2011
 Private Home, Switzerland, 2010
 light+building, Frankfurt, Germany, 2010
 Designers' Saturday, Langenthal, Switzerland, 2010
 Sawaya & Moroni, Milan, Italy, 2009 = prototypes
ArtBaselMiamiBeach, Miami Beach, USA, 2009



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