The joint winner of designboom’s 2009 green life design competition was a Murakami chair with an integrated reading lamp. The energy for the lamp is generated from the rocking motion of the chair and stored in a battery for use when required.
The designer, Rochus Jacob, said: ‘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.’