two cents

Democratic Ecology

Engadget and Inhabitat have reported that Philippe Starck has designed a mini-wind turbine under the banner of "Democratic Ecology", with the "intent to enable every man, woman and child on Earth to generate their own power in designer style."
  • The transparent mini-turbine will be available to all in September 2008
  • The windmill can generate 20-60% of the energy needed to power a home
  • at a price point of around 400 Euros ($633)
  • not clear if more equipment will be needed to convert/store the energy properly
Love it. This is what designers should be doing.

I also love his new outlook. After recently stating about his career to-date:

“Everything I designed was unnecessary… and I am ashamed of this fact”

He's back. And I, for one, am really inspired by this.