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Rocking Chair Uses Motion to Power Attached OLED Lamp

by , 10/17/09

Murakami Chair, Rochus Jacob, oled, kinetic energy, chair, furniture, eco friendly furniture, lighting, green life competition designboom

The serene back-and-forth movement of a rocking chair is nothing if not relaxing. It can also be useful and productive, according to Rochus Jacob. The designer’s Murakami Chair, a winner in designboom’s Green Life competition, uses the kinetic energy produced by rocking to power an attached OLED lamp.


Murakami Chair, Rochus Jacob, oled, kinetic energy, chair, furniture, eco friendly furniture, lighting, green life competition designboom

During the day, the Murakami chair stores energy in an on-board battery back. And in the evening, stored energy provides juice for the lamp.

According to Jacob, “I was looking for opportunities to generate energy through activities we naturally do. The final result is a rocking chair that enables the user to experience production and consumption of electricity in a gentle and rewarding way. An abstract process becomes tangible and eventually cultivates natural awareness. Complexity is covered by simplicity.”

In that vein, the chair is reminiscent of other kinetic-energy powered everyday devices that we’ve covered, including the Kyocera OLED phone and the rain-powered umbrella.

+ OLED Display

Via designboom

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5 Comments

  1. Chi March 28, 2012 at 12:42 am

    How much do these cost?
    WHERE do we get one of these OLED rockers,
    OR, where can we get retrofit rechargable OLED’s to attach to our own rockers?

  2. ESIInteriors November 18, 2009 at 9:58 am

    Just wondering if anyone knows if this just a prototype/design piece, or is it actually a production piece?

  3. pitter22 October 20, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    This is so cool! It’s so clean and simple that the complexities of how it functions doesn’t show at all.

  4. ali wijoyo October 20, 2009 at 10:33 am

    Very good idea!

  5. FreshDesignBlog.com October 19, 2009 at 5:27 am

    Love this design, it’s a very clever and practical idea!

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