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The Queen of Roses


Above all flowers, Queen Marie Antoinette prized roses. She was often painted with roses in hand or displayed in her hair. Certain portraits—as well as this mirror design from 1781–90—featured rose garlands as decorative motifs. Though roses were her favorite, all flowers were of great importance to the Queen, both wild and cultivated.
Marie-Antoinette, Richard de Lalande, mirror, rose, flowers, garland, Léon Decloux, monogram, drawing, graphite, France, royalty, Versailles

Why Design Now?: Z-20 Concentrated Solar-Power System


Why? This solar technology is distinguished by its use of mirrors to capture light and focus it onto a small generator to produce electricity and thermal energy. The parabolic optical dish follows the sun from dawn until dusk, harnessing seventy percent of the solar energy that hits it, making it much more efficient than conventional flat photovoltaic panels.
z-20 Concentrated Solar power System, mirror, parabolic optical dish, Why Design Now, Exhibition