Wondering what’s the product pictured here? Lemme break the suspense! The brainchild of Vienna-based designers Mischer’Traxler, it’s a collection of ingeniously cool benches, lampshades, stools (The Idea of a Tree) that record the passing day. Sound interesting? Roll on read!
The ‘recorder one’ is a machine that makes furniture using solar-power. When it detects sunrise, the machine begins to weave and continues as the day wears on: when the sky is cloudier, the thread is dyed darker; when it is sunnier, the thread is lighter. Beginning at sunrise, the loom dips threads through dye and glue and winds them around a mold until the sun disappears again. If the machine is not on the equator, the resulting pieces are shorter in winter, longer in summer. The pieces of furniture record the light patterns that have just passed in the course of 14 hours. The furniture pieces are unique in fact, that their height, shape and color are determined by the natural surroundings of the machine specifically, by the amount of sunlight falling on the solar panels. Now that’s what you call truly innovative!