Gallery: SOLAR TREE by Vivien Muller

 

Photovoltaic gadgets often get trapped in the monotonous façade of plain panels, which often leave something to be desired in the aesthetics department. Not so with Vivien Muller‘s sleek PhotoSynthese charger. Resembling a potted bonsai tree, the silvery solar charger rests atop an elegant tray.

Blooming with 54 photovoltaic cells, Vivien’s solar tree gracefully plays both the role of decorative item and useful gadget. The tree’s branches are composed of detachable parts that combine to create the tree’s modular sculptural look. Muller’s thoughtful design also creates room for gadgets to lay in the shade of the “leaves” as they recharge. Paying homage to photosynthesis, the Photsynthese tree proves to be a delightful plant that requires no watering and sustains your gadgets by harnessing the power of the sun.

+ Vivien Muller

Via Gizmodo

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15 Comments

  1. gisellefan030 December 4, 2012 at 12:37 am

    how can i buy this product?

    can it ship to HK before 25 DEC?

  2. greenhamlet April 30, 2011 at 9:02 am

    The community here needs real trees: http://naturalhomes.org/fbp.appeal.orchard.htm Please vote TODAY for their orchard. Your vote makes such a difference.

  3. hugh knowes March 16, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    It looks like a version of the famous artwork by Paul Clermont. Who knows, I wouldn’t be surprized to hear that’s where they got the idea from. Technology and art often seem to go hand & hand. It’s likely that the “tacky” feeling some of you are getting may later be labeled as “kitsch”. Regardless, innovation is everywhere!

  4. Simply Green November 5, 2008 at 6:52 am

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  5. NaturallyEarth September 8, 2008 at 6:38 pm

    This is beautiful. I love the sleek and contemporary lines, but the organic nature and feel of the tree. It’ll be nice when something like this can power my entire computer. Ah, guess I’ll have to wait…

  6. MN September 8, 2008 at 2:49 pm

    maybe gadgetry and maybe somewhat tacky, but it is striking, poetic, and curious. in such a visual culture, people need eye candy to catch on to the sustainable movement.

  7. BlueBerry September 6, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    ascetically attractive, If it cost less then $50 bucks I would consider it.

  8. aspiodj September 4, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    Cool, not functional.

  9. Androo September 4, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    I am so tired of having to be a grinch about all these solar gadgets, but gadgetry is all they are.

    There’s no word on the price of this thing (if it is indeed production bound), but I have a sneaking suspicion that I would be able to get 100x as much juice from a plain-jane roof-mounted PV system for the same price as this elaborate centerpiece (does one keep it outdoors?)

  10. jterhune September 4, 2008 at 12:27 pm

    I like it…. I spammed it out to my co-workers.

  11. jterhune September 4, 2008 at 12:26 pm

    Cool cool cool…

  12. Fair Trade Fair Trade September 4, 2008 at 12:07 pm

    I think it looks absolutely fantastic; beautiful!

  13. thejimgaudet thejimgaudet September 4, 2008 at 11:13 am

    Very cool, I think..

  14. jdub September 4, 2008 at 9:35 am

    Simply stunning. This represents everything there is about renewable design. I want to buy one right now!

  15. Martijn September 4, 2008 at 7:02 am

    it’s tacky….

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