Style duo Lanzavecchia + Wai has integrated a lens into an outdoor furnishings set to focus sunlight onto a grilling plate for cooking foods.
Italian designer Francesca Lanzavecchia and Hunn Wai from Singapore intend the SUNPlace set to function as a cross in between a barbecue and teppanyaki – a variety of flat grill employed in Japanese cuisine.
On a sunny day, a glass lens mounted over a table concentrates the organic light onto a cast-iron grill embedded in the surface.
“We have been inspired by the convivial cooking experiences of fondues, Chinese scorching pots and Korean barbecues,” Wai advised Dezeen. “The positive energies created by group cooking is something we wished to have for this venture.”
The project was developed for an exhibition titled Le Affinità Selettive, curated by Aldo Colonetti to coincide with this year’s Milan Expo event, which is themed close to sustainable meals manufacturing.
SUNPlace consists of a circular solid-oak tabletop mounted on a round base made from powder-coated steel, which tapers in the direction of the prime.
The removable grill plate nestles into the surface, positioned beneath the lens that is supported by a metal stem.
The designers chose to use a Fresnel lens, which is produced up of a flat sheet of concentric rings that target the light in a distinct direction – in this case onto the grill.
Originally developed for lighthouses by French physicist Augustin-Jean Fresnel to venture light as far as possible from the source, this variety of lens allows for a much thinner section and lighter fat in contrast to a typical lens.
The table is accompanied by stools made with the very same supplies and shapes making use of water-jet cutting and traditional carpentry.
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Lanzavecchia + Wai also produced a set of cast-iron cooking equipment with flat ends, like a square, triangular and shovel-shaped, along with a pair of tongues.
After heating up these resources by putting them underneath the lens, they can be utilized to cook the leading side of the meat or veggies although the plate under grills the meals from the bottom up.
The grill and implements attain substantial temperatures, so the designers developed a pair of heavy-duty gloves for secure managing.
“The chance of cooking with the sun is rather thrilling and thrilling,” stated Wai. “Issue in intense heat and glare, and manage of the cooking procedure requiring talent and method it will call for everyone’s total consideration.”
Lanzavecchia + Wai hope the assortment will encourage sociable cooking practices. “The good energies generated by group cooking is some thing we desired to have for this project,” Wai said.
The prototype is not but fully functional, but the duo hopes that the notion will inspire other individuals to think about harnessing the sun as a viable cooking approach.
“We had been hunting for future situations zero emission cooking and located out solar cooking is field largely neglected by style and most of the time in the hand of the DIY-hobbyist community,” explained Wai.
“With this object we needed to give a new function, new aesthetic language and perceived values to make solar cooking attractive to any individual by getting to be a shared act.”
The Le Affinità Selettive exhibition was found at Milan’s Triennale design museum from 9 to twelve July. It reopens at the Museum of Contemporary Art in the town of Lissone, north of Milan, on 18 July and continues until one October 2015.
A foods machine that permits chefs to work together remotely on recipes and a dining table with fuel burners in the centre are amid other examples of merchandise geared in the direction of collaborative cooking.