Sparrow™ Included in Timecapsule

Vignelli Center for Design Studies adds to Sparrow™ to their Timecapsule

This month, Antenna Design’s Sparrow™ light for Knoll has been added to the Vignelli Center for Design Studies' Product Timecapsule, a catalogue of innovation in product design. A joint venture between the Vignelli Center for Design Studies and RIT Center for Industrial Design, the Product Timecapsule collects significant artifacts that help further our collective understanding of the formal, ethical, and material considerations of design.

Sparrow LED Light by Knoll

LED Sparrow by Antenna Design for Knoll.

In a statement drafted for the occasion, designers Masamichi Udagawa and Sigi Moeslinger, the two founders of Antenna Design New York, explained their thought process behind Sparrow™:

“Our approach for Sparrow was to really focus on light itself, and reduce the supporting elements to an absolute minimum. We started designing around the light source – an LED module. Through various tests of computer heat simulations and actual prototypes all details of the head were refined for best performance and desired aesthetics. We added a handle on the front of the head to invite interaction for positioning the light and adjusting the light output. The volume of the handle is used to house all electronics. Keeping the weight of the head very light was important to allow us to lift it with minimal structure, so the light would appear almost floating in the air. We made the supporting structure conductive thereby eliminating the need for a power cable traveling to the head, further reducing the presence of supporting elements. Our rationalist approach produced an almost diagrammatic essentialness. What emerges is a gesture where the light emitting head perches on an almost immaterial frame, much like a bird on a wire – thus ‘Sparrow.'"


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