LED Glass Table

by , 05/15/05


Ingo Maurer’s LED Table was on display at the ICFF and at the Ingo Maurer opening party last night. I can’t stop staring at this table. I think its partly due to the “oooh sparkly” effect of a Xmas tree, and also because I can’t figure out where the LEDs are getting their electricity from. It?s quite a startling effect. Although they are wedged between two sheets of glass, the LEDs appear to be floating in thin air. Ingo Maurer’s website says: 278 white LEDs per table top, emitting light on both sides. 230/125 volts, 48 volts DC. INVISIBLE LIVE PARTS. There are tiny transparent wires embedded between the 2 sheets of glass, connecting the LEDs. The lights can be dimmed and even turned off if you suddenly want your LED table to look like a regular glass table again.

The table comes in white, blue or red light, but the white (pictured here) looks the least like the interior of a 6th street Indian restaurant.

For more about Ingo Maurer, read Design Boom’s interview >

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  1. Glas Platz January 16, 2010 at 8:11 am

    This table was produced by glas platz, from germany. The LED-glass is called powerglass®. Current maximum dimensions are 2800 mm x 1200 mm. Usable not just for tables. Basicly everywhere there is glass you could have powerglass®.
    Check out the homepage:

  2. stephane January 22, 2008 at 1:21 pm

    could we see the table close or more picturs….

    interest to know the price for 4/8 table….

  3. Peter Stoneham December 17, 2007 at 5:14 pm

    I have looked closely at a sample of this technology. It loks like there is only one layer of conductive film. The electrical layer of the film seems to be cut (maybe with a laser) to produce a circuit. the LEDs are then attached to this rudimentary circuit, conductors added to the edge of the sheet and then laminated between sheets of glass.

  4. PURUSHOTTAM RATHORE June 11, 2007 at 7:59 am

    I would like to have offer for the glass. Can the glass be cut to required size? what are the glass thickness available? I am glass dealer. Also i would like to know the principle and theory of its functioning and process by which it has been constructed. It is my acameadic intrest. I hope it would be explained to me.

  5. Jeanine Naviaux July 3, 2005 at 3:07 am

    Love the desk. What is the price?
    Jeanine Naviaux

  6. LI TOWNSEND June 23, 2005 at 4:46 am

    To whom it may concern:

    I am currently an architect based in New York, with a large-scale project.
    I am very interested in your company’s products. Can you
    please send me a full set of your catalogue and any other information
    that you may have.

    Thank you for your time,

    Li Townsend
    Landbase Management, LLC

    322 Woodbury Road
    Woodbury, NY 11797

  7. Jag June 20, 2005 at 8:37 am

    wow it is very bright idea who invented this led glass?
    does work for showroom walls?

  8. SUN-TEC June 1, 2005 at 3:14 pm

    Daniel was not wright: The led?s were bonded to the translucent metallization of glass. Usually Indium Tinn Oxide. But today, everybody may purchase Led doted translucent foils for the lamination in glass or acrylics: http://www.sun-tec.ch, info@sun-tec.ch

  9. Ken May 26, 2005 at 8:21 pm

    This would look really cool as aback drop for an entertainment center….

  10. Tom May 17, 2005 at 6:21 pm

    I kind of want to see the table with blue or red LEDs. Where and When can I get one?

  11. ag May 16, 2005 at 6:11 pm

    Nice idea :) Look at mine 😉
    Maybe somebody wants to sponsore this project? :)

  12. CTP May 16, 2005 at 4:18 pm

    Ingo does some very cool things with LEDs.

    BTW – go check this out (shameless plug :)

  13. Gant May 16, 2005 at 2:22 pm

    Wow, just wow. LEDs are too much fun. Very creative, and very entertaining. Please keep up the great work.

  14. Kevin May 16, 2005 at 1:32 pm

    Any [artistic] excuse to make use of LEDs is fine in my book. I hope, however, these aren’t 2,000 mCD LEDs since it would probably collectivly blind any future owner. 😉 Beautiful though.

  15. Jill May 16, 2005 at 1:22 pm

    Okay Mr. Smartypants – I didn’t mean “invisible” in the magical sense of the word, just that the wires are so small and transparent that you can’t see them. But thanks for the more detailed explanation! 😉

  16. Daniel May 16, 2005 at 12:40 pm

    “Tiny invisible wires”, eh? There are simply electrically conductive layers of transparent polymer sandwiched between the glass layers to connect the contacts of the LEDs. Tends to be easier to wire up than using intuition and guesswork to solder invisible wires :)

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