A Rocking Chair that Generates Electricity?

Written by Urban Sherp on October 16th, 2009

murakami chairI’m intrigued… with bikes, dancefloors, shoes and backpacks generating electricity, why not rocking chairs? Just how much energy could I have generated while rocking my niece to sleep from 2am to 4am?

So many questions about this piece; does it have the capacity to store energy? When you sit down to read your latest issue of Dwell do you have to get a rocking start before you can turn the light on? How much rocking does it take to power a 60w lightbulb? Is it distracting to have your light source rock with you? And where can I get one?

The Murikami Chair was designed by Rochus Jacob and won first prize in DesignBoom’s Green Life Competition. The kinetic energy produced from the rocking motion creates energy that is stored in the battery packs to power the highly efficient OLED lights in the attached reading lamp. If you can call it that, the lampshade itself is the light source.

Love the lines and the way the straight line of the reading lamp intersects with the curves of the rest of the piece, and the fact that you don’t need any messy cords to power your lamp. Great for a room with limited outlets and the need for a bit of visual interest. Guessing this is not in production, but will keep an eye out.

Here is what the designer had to say about his project:

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. An abstract process becomes tangible and eventually cultivates natural awareness. 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. The construction of the flat and bendable organic light emitting diodes allows new form factors such as using the traditional shape of a lamp but instead of having a light bulb the lampshade himself turns out to be the light source. To have a drastic reduction of consumption the big challenge will be to make consuming less feel like getting more.

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