Gallery: Solar Powered Machine Spins Furniture Shaped by Sunlight


Austrian designers mischer’traxler have created a solar powered machine that makes an incredible array of furnishings that vary based on how much sunlight it receives over the course of a day. Titled “The Idea of a Tree“, the machine spins spools of thread into stools, benches, containers, and lamp shades that wax and wane as the available sunlight shifts. Variations in weather, the time of year, and other environmental factors create pieces of different shape, color, and size, instilling the furniture with growing, seasonal qualities that mimic photosynthesis.

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  1. soa June 11, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    pretty silly other than as art since the vast majority of the embedded energy in the final product comes from the use of dyes, resins and thread, not the wrapping.

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