Stay Connected, Tanned, and Cool with the “Smart Sunbed”
23-year-old architecture student and entrepreneur, Antoine Sayah, has created Beachill, a smart and portable sunbed equipped with a photovoltaic panel that allows users to recharge their mobile or device virtually anywhere, so they can stay connected. During his product design studies in Milan, Sayah made sure the mattress pillow is ergonomic to guarantee maximum comfort. The mattress is also foldable, making it easy to carry and transport anywhere. In addition to recharging devices, Beachill includes an insulated chamber to keep drinks cool, as well as a waterproof pocket to protect books or other objects. Beachill is fully hand-sewn in Lebanon. It is available in regular or waterproof fabrics. Customers can also customize their own sunbed with different fabrics, colors, and sizes. Sayah still handles orders personally over the phone or via his Facebook page, and delivers the sunbeds himself. Since it was launched last June, orders have been coming in faster than they can be handled. “We now have a team of tailors able to produce 10 sunbeds a day, and it is still not enough to satisfy growing demand,” said Sayah. Eventually, he would be interested in finding a distributor, whether locally or internationally, to handle sales and marketing. He is aware, of course, that this would mean increasing production, and that would require capital.