FEBO is a wooden paintbrush that lets you leave traces by focusing sun rays on different natural materials (wood, cardboard, cork, leather). Through the use of clean energy this analog engraver makes possible to draw and customize your belongings. The name Phoebus (Phoibos, literally “bright”) was very commonly used by both the Greeks and Romans in Apollo’s role as the god of light.
The product is mainly composed by a wooden body and a lens. A top ring has the function of blocking the lens and giving an aesthetic value to the object. Each FEBO comes with a pair of rollable lenses that provides 100% UV protection with only 6% to 8% visible light transmission. A set of stencils guide the user during the first realisations. As you can see from the exploded view the presence of a safety filter obstructs the sun’s rays, avoiding the accidental functioning of FEBO when the product is not in use. After choosing the item to customize, you need always to keep the sun behind your back and tilt the surface perpendicularly to it. Once you have removed the safety filter, the lens absorbs the sun’s rays precisely onto the selected material. Thanks to the design you are able to keep track and see clearly your drawing. The density of the stroke depends on the weather, every cloud will produce a different kind of trace, with different thickness and intensity making it unique.
Designer: Francesca Padovan