And now, a table designed to address the huge carbon footprint created by millions of little romantic candle-lamps on restaurant tables everywhere: the Firefly Outdoor Table (which comes to us by way of Ecofriend).
Okay, well–the lights that pop of the middle of these tables do look a little brighter than your average candle, which may help them cut down on the amount of actual ambient lighting needed to serve outdoor restaurant tables. Seeing as how they’re solar-powered, that may indeed take a little bit of a bite out of the coal-fired electricity budget of a sidewalk cafe or boardwalk restaurant. Then again, maybe not.
The main thing about these tables by industrial designer Vuk Dragovic, as far as we can tell, is that they look really cool. The solar panels that charge the centrally located lamp during the day are integrated with the glass table top in an aesthetically pleasing way, and when you press down on the lamp to release it, the logo of the restaurant or cafe (or whatever else may be etched into the glass) appears in a projection at the foot of the table. Neato, even if not all that eco.