Murakami Concept Rocking Chair Features Kinetically Powered OLED Reading Light


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This is a fantastic design, and one of the only pieces of furniture I've ever looked at and thought, "I want that." Rocking chairs are peaceful places, especially when they have this minimalist look. Add a reading lamp and you're set. But this isn't just a plain old lamp-and-chair combo. The light is OLED, and powered by the rocking motion of the person sitting in the chair. Kinetically powered OLED lighting to read by? Nice.The only thing that might be a bummer is if you want to read sans rocking. However, you would be in a rocking chair so it stands to follow that you'd be rocking anyway, or else picking a different place to sit.

The designer states:

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... Complexity is covered by simplicity. Advanced nano-dynamo technology which is built in to the skids of the chair and more efficient light sources such as the newly developed OLED generation makes it possible to build a rocking chair with a reading lamp running on electricity generated from the rocking motion. During daylight the energy gets stored in a battery pack... To have a drastic reduction of consumption the big challenge will be to make consuming less feel like getting more.

"Make consuming less feel like getting more" -- what a succinct way of putting it. It is definitely true that putting energy generation into part of the experience would accomplish efficiency without feeling like we're sacrificing anything.

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