We’ve shared some solar-powered cooking options in the past, ranging from giant sun-baked ovens to scorching hot solar stoves. Now there’s a new sun-based cooking contraption on the market, except there's a twist. Sunplace, designed by Francesca Lanzavecchia and Hunn Wai, is a “solar cooking table” designed to bring people together not only by breaking bread, but by cooperating to cook whatever will go alongside it.
The Sunplace is a concept piece created by an Italian and Singaporan brings together the couple’s diverse perspectives to create a practical and inspiring BBQ tool for social gatherings. Solar-powered cooking devices are typically pretty simple; there aren’t a lot of steps needed to convert sunbeams into cook-worthy energy, just a little concentration. In the Sunplace, an adjustable fresnel lens heats the cast iron cooking surface, concentrating the sun’s energy and directing it where it needs to go.
The Sunplace table is a new-fangled green gadget, but that’s not its only purpose. The table was designed to be used not by a solitary “grillmaster” but by a group of individuals, all pitching in with their own tools, taking turns tending to the food in close proximity to one another. The designers want to “promote interpersonal relationships” and “recover the ritual of the banquet as a shared moment” through this unusual cooking surface, according to their website. Gloves and special protective eyewear are the required uniform for this BBQ party, although one could certainly pair those with a favorite “Kiss the cook” apron, for an extra, loving touch.
Via Fast Company
Images via Angelo Becci for Lanzavecchia & Wai