Designer: Marjan van Aubel
I came across the current windows when I was exhibiting at LDF 2015 but I was too in awe of “Mise-en-abyme” by Laetitia de Allegri and Matteo Fogale to write about it straight away!
As the months have passed though I’ve thought about this product much more than Allegri and Fogale’s art piece.
A solar panelled window. It’s genius!
Most modern western homes probably have at least two frosted windows in it’s two bathrooms. I even had one in my bedroom growing up. And my Mum made an embroidered modesty panel on the lower half of the window in the spare room, which they use as a dressing room (too many books in their bedroom!). That makes four in the family house I grew up in.
Now, my Mum is super creative so she also actually made the stained glass window in the bathroom. It’s got stars, indigo panels, and little bits of mirror.
It would be extra cool if it could add to the house’s electricity supply.
Window pane solar panels capture about 10% efficiency of the sun. 10% sounds worse than it is; this window takes about 7hrs to save enough energy to recharge a modern phone.
Think of all the industry and hours of labour needed to get that energy to your home when the energy itself is produced off site!
Interestingly, different colours harness different amounts of energy. I think the colours that van Aubel has created are really beautiful. Framed in white, the graphic, triangular structure of the window panels add to this gentle beauty.
The window-sill has USB ports flush with the product and a series of diagonal stripes show you how much energy the sill has stored within its battery.
van Aubel founded the company Caventou with two others to focus on this emerging design and technology. Their tagline is “Integrating solar technology naturally into our daily lives.” Have a look at their beautiful video below, they explain it all better than me, I’m really just here to say “Look, Look!”.
The same principals have been applied to this table for home or office use. Elegant aye!?
I love the echo of the triangulation of the window panes in the frame of the table. Ah cohesion.
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