We are an intercultural and interdisciplinary project team, that consists of students from the fields of communication and industrial design at the University of Munich and technology students from the Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) in Cape Town. Together with the agency “World of Eve“ we have the goal to design an object in the public space, which can be used to charge small electronic devices such as laptops and mobile phones via USB by using solar energy.
Our goal was to create a bench that can work on its own, or connected in a group. Thus one can decide how many benches are needed for a specific area and in what formation they will be arranged. The main body of the benches will be closed so that batteries and all other electronic equipment can be stored safely inside.
The most important aspect was to make users feel comfortable while spending time at the bench, thus connect with each other while using solar energy. To achieve this, our design focuses on making the unit welcoming and appealing to the users concerning the overall design and also regarding aesthetics, usability, and production.