Thursday, October 4th, 7:00 – 9:30pm
Designing For Change
In the Duncan Anderson Design Department Gallery at California State University, Long Beach
Over the last few years Darren’s company, Nectar, has engaged in numerous blue sky and concept projects to promote sustainability. He will discuss these activities, their results and benefits.
“Darren Saravis fears we’re losing touch with the natural world. To Saravis, the mountain climber and environmental activist, the notion is disheartening. To Saravis, the designer and engineer, it’s a problem to be solved.” — O, The Oprah Magazine
A socially conscious artist and musician as well as an inventor, Saravis’s newest innovation, Solaflora, is suggestive of a tree or a giant flower, the sculptural device can hold as many as four solar panels and supplies up to 1.2 kilowatt-hours of electricity per day. Saravis envisions it as a means of mainstreaming the use of solar energy into the contemporary urban landscape, contributing to a more ecologically balanced, and more prosperous, nation and world.
A Long Beach resident, Saravis said he was passionate in his youth about art, science and math, which was a good combination for a career in product development and industrial design. He also works as a professional photographer.
Darren Saravis is the founder and CEO of Nectar, a Long Beach-based engineering and product design consultancy dedicated to innovation and sustainability. For 19 years, Nectar has been known for design that pushes to the edge of art and function. In that time, the company has grown from a one-man operation to a company with more than 20 employees, including product developers, engineers, model makers, program managers and marketing professionals. The firm has worked successfully in numerous fields including medicine, high tech, green tech, and general consumer products. The name Nectar follows the theme of the company, which is to “grow a garden of technology.”