Relax & Recharge: 12 Energy Generating Furniture Designs

We’ve all heard about eco furniture, but how about furniture that generates energy?
Each of the furniture designs below harness technology in a different way to create energy generating furniture.
This can then be used to power a range of electrical gadgets including LED lights, phones and even laptops.

Technology is constantly evolving the furniture industry (from waterproof fabrics to self-cleaning furniture) so we’re sure these designs are just the start.
If you’ve seen some more great furniture designs we’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

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Designed by Petr Novak, the rocking shell chair harnesses the kinetic movement of the chair to create energy. This source of renewable energy is then used to power an LED lamp.

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Designed by Rochus Jacob, the Murakami rocking chair generates energy from gently rocking back and forth. Complete with a stored battery pack and an LED lamp, this self-sufficient chair efficiently generates, stores and utilises green energy.

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Designed by Arthur Xin, the Ecotypic bed is one of the most innovative eco furniture designs. Exercise rings are used to generate energy which can be stored in a battery pack under the bed. This energy can later be used to power LED lighting or an integrated audio system.

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Similar to the other rocking chairs, designer Ryan Klinger’s ‘Black rocking chair’ uses kinetic energy to power devices. Ryan has added USB ports and other popular outlets to ensure that you’re favourite gadget will never run out of power at the wrong moment.

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The lite-on fresh-chair epitomises innovative eco furniture. Its mushroom shaped shade collects rain water which is used to feed the encased shrubs. The same shrubs then emit clean oxygen whilst also lighting the benches LED lights.

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Made from stainless steel and carbon fibre, Shawn Kim uses kinetic energy to power an LED light and stereo speaker. The appliances need no external power source as they’re powered by movement alone.

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The SunTable combines solar panels with outdoor furniture. It generates energy through solar cells in the table top which can then be stored, or used to power laptops, phones, radios and more.

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Developed by students at MIT, the soft rocker makes full use of the sun’s rays to harvest energy. This can be stored or used straight away to power a selection of popular electronics.

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The Moss Table by Biophotovoltaic uses the photosynthesis process to turn chemical energy into electrical energy. The pots of moss on the table top generate enough energy to power digital clocks and other small devices.

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Here is another outdoor furniture entry, this time by designer Afroditi Krassa. He utilises solar energy panels in the top of this patio table. On a sunny day it can be used to power small electronics.

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These outdoor benches are made from recycled materials. They also benefit from a collection of solar panels which charge an in build battery. The energy produced can then be used to power electricals when required.

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Mathias Schynder’s Mobile Workspace is a great solution to working outdoors. The same roof that shades you from the sun can also power your laptop or any other small gadget.

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