This concept was one of 6 generated by a team of Electrolux designers, with support from Cranfield University, for the EcoKitchen Competition (1998).
'Light plants' educate the user about energy use. They are communicators of environmental principles, a functional reminder of resource use. Left on a windowsill they collect and store solar energy, and when placed on the table emit stored energy as light.
Source: Thompson, P. and Sherwin, C. (2001) 'Awareness' Sustainability by industrial design, in: Charter, M. and Tischner, U. (eds.) 'Sustainable Solutions - Developing Products and Services for the Future', Greenleaf Publishing Ltd, Sheffield, UK, pp.349-363.