panish designer Jaime Hayon continually impresses me. His latest project, the Smart Grid Gallery, is a lovely showcase of objects inspired by solar and wind energy — just in time for Earth Day, which is happening today. Hayon teamed up with Enel, an Italian power company that produces, distributes and sells electricity and gas. Enel is known for implementing a smart grid system in Italy that was completed in 2005, the earliest and largest example to date. A smart grid, according to Wikipedia, “delivers electricity from suppliers to consumers using two-way digital technology to control appliances at consumers’ homes to save energy, reduce cost and increase reliability and transparency.” Like the internet, smart grids are like networks that allow exchange of information.
Hayon’s little “imaginary world connects various forms of renewable energy” and is described in more detail below:
The pavilion is a luminous grid that constantly transforms, creating an aseptic environment but one that is dynamic and enveloping at the same time. The furnishings inside, heterogeneous in terms of form and function, represent the different energy sources and their concatenation: luminous elements power a table whose top is made with photovoltaic panels (solar energy) that, in turn, is connected by colored wires to a cabinet completely covered with small propellers (wind energy) and rotating vases (nuclear energy), all moving with self-produced energy. In the development of the details of each single work, with great creativity and a very high level of productive quality, Jaime Hayon wants to make the most complex technology more human and comprehensible.