News 2010

Sunlabob’s Solar Lantern Rental System (SLRS) to feature at New York exhibition


This year’s National Design Triennial exhibition, organised by Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution in New York, will take place from 14 May 2010 to 9 January 2011. Entitled "Why Design Now?", the exhibition explores how designers are addressing human and environmental problems. Inaugurated in 2000, the Triennial series seeks out and presents the most innovative, forward-thinking designs at the centre of contemporary culture from the previous three years. This year’s exhibition showcases design solutions that promote environmental stewardship, social equity, accessibility and creative capital in more than 125 projects worldwide.

Spotted at the 2008 Tech Awards, in which Sunlabob’s SLRS was a laureate, the system will feature in the exhibition’s Energy category along with 18 other projects. A complete system will be displayed on a mock stand, including solar panels, a charging station, and six lanterns. In addition, the SLRS will have information, including video and audio material, presented on the exhibition’s iPod touch system – a walk-through device.

Beyond the actual design of the SLRS, the other features that attracted the museum curators to Sunlabob’s product include its innovativeness, mobility, sustainability, community engagement, and reuse and recycling of waste materials.

If you happen to be in New York during the exhibition, don’t miss it!