Brittle Objects is a diploma work where household LED lights are re-designed. Inspired by the simple deconstruction of conventional light bulbs where a single blow is able to separate the different materials, the construction of Brittle Objects has been adapted to that effect. Brittle Objects consists of two three-dimensional ceramic tiles which hold the electronic components together. In the recycling plant, the brittle ceramic parts break up, releasing the electronic grid structure consisting of cables and various components. These can be sorted out with the help of magnetic separator. The electronic components are created in a lattice structure, similar to steel concrete. The use of circuit boards is therefore not necessary. The ceramic tiles hold the components in place and at the same time assume the functions of each electrical component. In this way, the amount of required materials can be reduced and the use of non-recyclable materials can be avoided. The concept puts unusual focus on the design of the packaging, dimensioning, and the form of the electronic components. The development lives on the close cooperation between various disciplines.
Simon Diener studied Product Design at HfG Karlsruhe and the University of Arts Lisbon. During his studies, his interest in the sustainable design of products grew, focusing on construction and choice of materials.