In production since 2011 the Consol Solar Jar has quickly become an iconic piece of contemporary eco-friendly South African design. These inexpensive glass jars (produced by Consol and turned into solar lamps by Sun Toy) have solar panels in their lids, which when fully charged can provide up to 12 hours of light, making them ideal for romantic al fresco dinners and for nights when the power is out. The Bottled Sunshine pop-up concept store at 27 Boxes in Melville (which is lit by some 50 jars) sells Consol Solar Jars and associated accessories and has plenty of ideas for how to jazz up your jar and make it into a statement lighting feature.
27 Boxes is a shipping container shopping development in Melville that has transformed a disused park into 80 boutique stores and restaurant and kiosk spaces geared towards starter entrepreneurs, from fashion designers to chefs, jewellers, artists, interior designers, baristas and bakers. Every Wednesday the centre stays open late for the 27 Boxes Night Market with a wide selection of pop-up food and drink stalls to browse.