François Chambard from the UM project captivated everyone with his innovative line of interconnected furniture called Patch. This is not just furniture, but a real source of energy, enough for an entire apartment.
Each piece of furniture has small batteries that make it its own mini power station. With all the parts attached, including a battery powered solar panel enclosure/bank, it becomes a microgrid capable of distributing enough solar energy to power a micro apartment. While most electrical networks are out of sight, Patch changes that by showing the connections and circuits live. Patch charges in just eight hours with a 24 hour run time without sunlight.
The green piece is equipped with solar panels and is made from recycled HDPE plastic and aluminium. The blue piece houses a charging port and socket and consists of 250 glass-lacquered connection tiles. The yellow piece contains criss-crossing glass tubes and gold-colored wires, an idea similar to an electricity pole. The brown piece is made from 200 tubes of phenol, an old industrial plastic commonly found in early transistor radios. It includes built-in lighting and sound. And finally, the red piece, which is a large light box, is made up of printed glass panes that create a moiré effect.