Black Tree by
Miloš Milivojevic


Serbian designer Miloš Milivojevic has installed a tree-like mobile phone charger powered by the sun in a park in Belgrade.

Black Tree by Miloš Milivojevic

Black Tree was created by Miloš Milivojevic for renewable energy company Strawberry Energy.

Black Tree by Miloš Milivojevic

Situated in Tašmajdan Park near St. Mark's Church, the tree-shaped structure provides solar-powered energy so that passers-by can recharge their mobile phones and tablets while sitting on the bench underneath.

Black Tree by Miloš Milivojevic

Charging points on stretchy cords hang from the metal bar on the bench.

Black Tree by Miloš Milivojevic

Other projects in Belgrade we've featured on Dezeen include and a concept shop inspired by the "golden years of communism" and a beauty salon with long plastic threads like hair hanging from its ceiling.

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Here's more information from the designer:

Black Tree for Strawberry Energy

Black Tree is a public solar charger for mobile phones, designed for Strawberry Energy, the company which invented the first public solar charger for mobile phones – the Strawberry Tree. In cooperation with Palilula Municipality and the city of Belgrade, this Strawberry Tree with completely new design has been set up in Tašmajdan park in Belgrade in November 2012.

Black Tree is conceived as an artificial tree which transforms the solar energy into the necessary electrical energy and in this way joins the surrounding forest in a common struggle for the planet richer in oxygen. With its function, this Strawberry Tree reminds us of the insufficiently exploited potential of the energy of the sun, through people’s everyday habits such as sitting under the tree and using the nature as a shelter from the sun. The large but elegant steel construction is more than three and a half metres long and four and half metres tall which follows the line of a real tree.

This public solar charger for mobile devices enables visitors of Tašmajdan park to recharge the batteries of their mobile phones, tablets and multimedia devices with the energy of sun.

  • Barto

    One more graphic designer who makes industrial design… so sad.

    • calimama

      Wrong! Milos is NOT a graphic designer. Even if he was, it wouldn’t be sad at all: the tree is great, people are happy, only you are sad. Cheer up!

  • Denis Bostandžić

    @Barto – it is sad that there are people that divide design as a Nazi. Creativity is a state of mind and there is no border that shouldn’t been crossed in that activity. So be as much inspired and show your best, not hate. We all try to make better and more beautiful world. This is great design.

    Denis Bostandžić, designer

  • archfreak

    @Denis: What is the Nazi part? You should choose words more carefully in my opinion.

  • nofelix

    Attractive, but doesn’t seem very practical.

  • Leaving the charging cables dangling around like that, exposed to the inclemency of the weather, is a terrible idea.

  • Paul

    Don’t get too hung up on the charging cords, even without them this is a great gesture! A genuine attempt to add purpose to a solar panel with fun and practicality. The panel is transformed to having multiple uses; a solar panel, a shade for people sitting on the bench and a shelter from the rain. Love it!

    • Sorry, but unless multi-purpose objects fulfill their intended function, then the design is flawed.

      There can be many ways to provide shade to people in a park. And much cheaper than a solar panel, too.

  • Elizabeta Avramovska

    Great design!