Kitchen Budapest and WAMP present the outcome of an open call launched for young Hungarian designers. The call invited to participate in a workshop and develop projects with tutors Anab Jain and Jon Arden designers and co-directors at Superflux, a design studio based in London, UK and Ahmedabad, India.

The workshop challenged the current role of designers to contribute to the competitiveness of objects and services and encouraged them to design new solutions that can be potentially create the basis of new economies. In the course of the workshop four projects were developed and one has been chosen to be shown at TENT London Design Festival in the form of a prototype.

The winning project, called Play4Power was developed by designers Beáta Csortán and Dániel Pifkó.

As a starting point, we found that kids have a lot of untapped energy they usually play off on playgrounds. Why could not be this energy used? The main focus of the Play4Power project was to question the separation of todays culture between playing, free time to what is productive. We come up with a creative solution with the help of which kids’ kinetic energy could be used, and fixed this device to playground items.

Research has also been carried out to see how the playground communities would welcome this device. Parents suggested that the generated energy should be used for the benefit of the smaller communities of the playground.

The solution opens up several ethical and though provoking questions by demolishing the distinction of play and productivity and introducing a new green energy concept.

For the TENT London exhibition, we have installed the generator unit on a running barrel, in order to introduce the project in a spectacular and interactive way.


Testing at the playground
TENT London design exhibition

Testing at the playground

Beáta Csortán, Dániel Pifkó (MOME), Ádám Csörnyei, Eszter Bircsák, Melinda Sipos, Réka Matheidesz (WAMP), Benjamin A. Balla