Introducing the Solar Powered Current table, a piece of furniture that also functions as a source of energy, designed by Marjan van Aubel.
London based designer Marjan van Aubel has designed a table which harnesses solar power that can then be used to charge portable devices. It gathers and harvest energy from daylight to charge your appliances, all within one room. While you read a book or write emails, you can use your table to charge your appliances.
The glass table surface contains a Dye Sensitised Solar Cell. Based on photosynthesis it uses the properties of colour to create an electrical current.
Unlike classic solar cells, these coloured cells don’t need direct sunlight and are able to function under diffused light. This makes Current Table the first piece of furniture that is harvesting energy indoors where utility and aesthetics are combined in everyday objects.
About the designer: Marjan van Aubel (b. Netherlands, 1985) is a designer of materials and objects whose practice spans the fields of science and chemistry. She is a graduate of the Royal College of Art Design Products (MA) and the Rietveld Academy (BA) Designlab. Her research process blends scientific precision with sensory responsiveness to develop aesthetic solutions for the future. Van Aubel’s objects make tangible the potential of technology and energy-harvesting for the benefit of the living environment. At the heart of her collection is a series of innovative materials, from foam porcelain to integrated solar cells based on the properties of colour. Intuitive and inquisitive, she believes interdisciplinary practice is the way forward for design.
All images taken by Mathijs Labadie.