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Istituto Europeo di Design

Istituto Europeo di Design

'What if you can enjoy cooking 'en plein air' without causing any pollution?' Solari is a next-generation fuel-free, pollution-free, portable solar cooker that can be used to cook anywhere there is sunlight offering an alternative possibility for outdoor cooking.

Using materials technology such as fresnel lens, heat transfer, and insulation - food is directly heated up and kept warm inside the solar oven 'slow-cooker' style. A rotating pivot allows the cooker to be directed towards the sun's path and transform into a carry handle. An app displays the internal cooking temperature through a wireless temperature sensor to ensure that food is cooked.

Designed by Bodin Hon during his master's studies at the Istituto Europeo di Design in Milan, the project was awarded the first Compasso d'oro International award by the Italian Associazione per il Disegno Industriale (ADI) under the theme 'Design for Food & Nutrition' in 2015 with a grant for development. From the initial concept, the design was further engineered and developed into a series of working prototypes that can reach a cooking temperature of ~75°C via the startup Project Solari Co (USA).

The project was exhibited internationally at design biennales & museums for its innovative approach to sustainable cooking.

Porto Design Biennale - Abitare Italia - Icons of Italian Design, 2019
Deutsches Hygiene - Museum Dresden - Shine on Me: The Sun and Us, 2018
Reciprocity Liege Biennale - Design for Food - The Taste of Change, 2015
XX1T Milano 21° International Triennale – Design After Design - Under 35 selection, 2015

Compasso d’oro International (Winner, Young Talent), 2015
iF Talents (Winner), 2015
ADI Design Index (Young Talent), 2015
James Dyson Italy region (Winner), 2014

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