Concept Design for a Piezoelectric Lighting Stool

University Project, 2008

ACRILICO is a lighting stool that uses piezoelectric technology as a source of energy. Its characteristic “C” shape has been designed to cause continuous deformations in the structure. These deformations will be converted by piezoelectric sensors into electricity to power the lighting base. The name “Acrilico” highlights the homage to Joe Colombo and his Lampada Acrilica designed for Oluce in 1962, which uses transparent curved methacrylate to transmit light from the base to the top of the lamp, and diffuse it on the table. The project was realized in the Industrial Design Laboratory during my second year at Politecnico di Milano. The brief given to students was about designing a disruptive and innovative piece of furniture. I decided to work on the experience of sitting itself, trying to conceive a product that would give it a whole new meaning.

Acrilico can light up using the energy caused by user subtle movements

The stool

Project tribute and inspiration: Lampada Acrilica by Joe Colombo, manufactured by Oluce. 1962, Italy.

T226-H4-503 piezo generators create electricity through deformations of the structure.

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