Inspired by trees photosynthesis, the solar bonsaï Electree is equipped with 27 solar panels allowing you to recharge your nomad electronic devices battery with the help of solar energy.
I progressively improved the Electree concept over three years to reach a unique design combining perfectly ecology, aesthetic and functionality. The Electree was conceived with a real focus on efficiency and ecology by choosing amorphous silicon solar panels of the highest quality.
Each module constituting the Electree can rotate freely with respect to each other, allowing you to create an unlimited number of shapes with the solar bonsaï.
Inspiration for the Electree came first while observing trees. Tree leaves are actually natural solar panels.
Nature has selected over millions of years the most efficient structures to capture solar energy. The trees shape is thus the best mean to take advantage of the solar energy.
While studying fractals, I realized that one could draw a tree by repeating and transforming a basic pattern.
The basic pattern has then become a module and the general shape of the Electree appeared.
But I wanted the Electree to be a product to be placed inside. The idea of a bonsaï to recharge mobile electronic devices thus came up.
How to use the Electree :
The 27 solar panels installed at the tip of the branches capture the solar energy which is then stored in the 2 500 mAh battery (an iPhone holds a 1 500mAH battery, for instance) located under the panel of the bonsaÏ.
In less than 20 hours of sunshine, the battery will be fully charged and you will then be able to start charging your mobile devices (cell phones, MP3 player,…) through the USB connection.
Electree can only be placed inside, ideally placed close to a window to capture a maximum amount of solar energy throughout the day.
. Solar panels : 27 amorphous silicon solar panels
. Solar panels: 72 mm x 72 mm
. Electree hight : 40 cm
. Battery capacity : 2 500 mAh (for comparison, an iPhone battery capacity is 1 500mAh)
. Electrical output: USB plug
Fractal structures are often used to maximize performance of exchange surfaces, that’s why the radiator shape is inspired by the Peano space filling curve.
On the contrary to what it might seem ; this complicated volume is quite easy to build, the first modules are made of existing plumbing joins (a 90° M/F elbow) fitted together by rotation so it is unnecessary to produce a cast which already exists. Repeat the operation by using these modules instead of the initial join by join process to reach a second level, then redo the assembly one more time with this new component to fulfill the product. The final 34 cm³ structure achieves an excellent heat output thanks to a 2 m² surface area.
“Eau de Metz” is a glass decanter and a plastic cup which screws like a cork. Created to promote the consumption of tap water.
Electree City is a tree whose leaves are solar panels. It is composed of modules to be assembled, which can produce an infinite number of different shapes and be transported easily. During installation, you can shape it by turning the modules to optimize the orientation of the solar cells and increase its effectiveness. The energy produced can be used in many ways, either consumed directly (charging electric bicycles, interactive video projection to guide passers, etc ...) or as an addition to existing power grids of a house or a city.
Plume (feather in french) Fountain Pen is designed to make sure that you make a subtle statement of fashion and trends and do it by showing plenty of respect for the past.
The ‘Feather Plume’ takes its inspiration from the age of Shakespeare and Keats and while it tries sketching up a perfect single sheet metallic feather, it gives your fountain pen the ‘Timeless look of Ages’
Orkys captures energy in its 'leaves' to light its flowers.
The petals are adjustable to vary the light intensity and the sheets are flexible photovoltaic cells.
Inspired by a popular origami game, a cootie catcher or fortune teller. It’s made of 2 basic parts, 4 sections of 8 in aluminum pieces fixed together with nuts and bolts.
A blooming booth. Each petal is lifted by a counterweight in order to open it with ease. Entirely assembled in aluminum.
Small stackable magnetic spice containers. You can adjust the flow by twisting the cap.
Original concept by François Xavier Faucher, Go2Prod
Each part maintains the others on their gravity center.
You can give the lamp any shape you desire it will always stay in balance.
This portfolio contains a sample of my best industrial design concepts and products. Inspired by nature & movement, most of my projects are modular, shape shifting and eco-friendly.
Electree photovoltaic bonsai charger
Carafe glass decanter
Electree City photovoltaic tree
Plume fontain pen
Orkys photovoltaic lamp
Coin-Coin aluminum table
Kiosque blooming booth
Epicier spice container
Aequo lamp in balance