Solar Tree – Clerkenwell Design Week


Organic form, renewable energy and the future of street lighting, Ross Lovegrove’s ‘Solar Tree’ is making its way to London for the summer of 2012.

Manufactured by Italian lighting brand Artemide and designed by Ross Lovegrove, the ‘Solar Tree’ is a beacon of light for renewable energy and its future within our urban landscape.

Having travelled the world, the Solar Tree displays its iconic and organic design language alongside its technologically advanced methodology to the places and people it encounters.

The Solar Tree will be unveiled at the Clerkenwell Design week, opening on 22nd May – 24th May. Situated in St John’s Square, at the very heart London’s design district, the Solar Tree will remain in London throughout the duration of the Olympic and Paralympic games until late September.

Visitors will be able to sit and enjoy its structure from day till night, as the 20 green stems and  LED lit solar pad’s gently glow to illuminate the night.

The Solar Tree has an embedded artificial intelligence controlling its energy and light. The LED lights are switched on automatically when night falls and the A.I. balances the light intensity, depending on the batteries energy level and the natural night-light conditions.

The Solar Tree has been developed to work “off grid”, as well as being connected to the ‘grid’ to feedback excess energy. In an “off grid” situation, the solar tree has an energy independency to expel light for 3 days.

Lovegrove Studio is delighted the Solar Tree is in London for this historic summer. We hope it continues to inspire and challenge our perceptions of function, beauty and environmental attentiveness within our cities.



We would like to share with you some new images of the Lasvit LiquidKristal Pavilion exhibited at the Milan Furniture Fair in April 2012. The images are taken by photographer Clarence Gorton who has beautifully captured the essence of fluidity and form within the glass structure.

For more information and a video of the pavilion here is Ross giving an interview on Domusweb talking about the design behind the product.


Lasvit LiquidKristal Exhibition – Milan

Last week saw the release of our new product the Lasvit LiquidKristal at Milan’s Triennale. The exhibition showcased the product in the form of a 60sqm pavilion created from 24 unique self-supporting glass laminations of LLK, Lasvit Liquid Kristal.

The LiquidKristal became the structural elements across which a tensioned roof  that acts as giant screen is placed to project contemporary digital art inspired by biophilia and growth strategies. The floor of the pavilion delivers the sense of computer hardware but the experience is in the void, capturing light and energy inviting visitors to enjoy the material itself, entering their creative minds and exiting as new creative material experience.

The response to the exhibition has been overwhelming and friends which include Konstantin Grcic, Barber Osgerby and Julia Payton-Jones director of the Serpentine Gallery have all offered their support and enthusiasm to the project.