IKEA and Little Sun team up to design sustainable, off-grid tools

June 13, 2018 by  
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Little Sun , a social business from artist Olafur Eliasson and engineer Frederik Ottesen, creates products to put “the power of the sun in the palm of your hand” — think portable solar lamps and solar chargers . Now, the company is teaming up with furniture giant IKEA to raise awareness for people living without electricity  by creating a series of sustainable, off-grid tools for everyday living. We are teaming up with social business Little Sun to explore new off-the-grid solutions to make everyday life more sustainable for the many people. Read more on www.IKEA.today #IKEAtoday A post shared by IKEA Today (@ikeatoday) on Jun 7, 2018 at 8:35am PDT IKEA x Little Sun will explore new ways to capture the sun’s power through design . The collaboration wants to create portable solar lighting and other off-grid solutions for IKEA customers as the two companies raise awareness for more than one billion people who lack access to electricity. “By democratizing great things, we can give many people access to products that make everyday life better, supporting and encouraging independent living,” said IKEA Range and Supply head of design Marcus Engman. “If we can create good, democratic design solutions, then living off the grid can become sustainable, low-cost and provide independence.” Related: Olafur Eliasson unveils his first building, a sculptural stunner in Denmark Both companies said the new tools will be functional and beautiful and will serve as an introduction to renewable energy . “Little Sun makes solar energy tangible and your world a little bit more sustainable,” Eliasson said in a press release . “We are excited to collaborate with IKEA, raising awareness for energy access and the need for global togetherness. Together, we want to connect the world by sharing the power of the sun with everyone.” Little Sun says it has brought solar power to more than 10 African countries, and as of December 2017, it has distributed 661,578 Little Suns around the world — and over 377,637 lamps have gone to places lacking electricity. Little Sun said it would also like to explore solutions in off-grid communications and water in addition to energy. + IKEA x Little Sun + Little Sun + IKEA Images via ©Studio Olafur Eliasson, ©Tomas Gislason and ©Little Sun

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VIDEO: Olafur Eliasson’s Solar “Little Sun” LED Lamp Lights Up Lives Around the World

October 1, 2015 by  
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Artist Olafur Eliasson explores the importance of turning artistic potential into environmental action in this inspiring video created by VICE for The Creators Project . Eliasson discusses his Little Sun – a solar-powered LED lamp that can run for up to 5 hours on a single charge. One in every five people on the planet has no access to electricity, so Eliasson sought to harness solar energy in a creative lamp that provides an affordable and sustainable light source for all. Check out the video above! + The Creators Project Images via The Creators Project

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INTERVIEW: Black Eyed Peas’ Will.i.am Tells Us Why Green Fashion is the Future

October 1, 2015 by  
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Green fashion already has a strong group of loyal followers, but how do we get the word out to a larger audience? We recently caught up with multi-platinum recording artist Will.i.am to see how he is using his influence and fashion expertise (did you know that he attended the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles before becoming a Black Eyed Pea?) to spread knowledge about the importance of sustainable fashion to the masses . READ MORE >

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VIDEO: Olafur Eliasson’s Solar “Little Sun” LED Lamp Lights Up Lives Around the World

March 17, 2014 by  
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Artist Olafur Eliasson explores the importance of turning artistic potential into environmental action in this inspiring new video created by VICE for The Creators Project . Eliasson discusses his Little Sun – a solar-powered LED lamp that can run for up to 5 hours on a single charge. One in every five people on the planet has no access to electricity, so Eliasson sought to harness solar energy in a creative lamp that provides an affordable and sustainable light source for all. Check out the video above! + The Creators Project Images via The Creators Project Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “solar energy” , art that challenges the world , eco design , eco-art , environmental awareness , green design , inspiring , little sun , Olafur Eliasson , sustainable design , vice        

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Olafur Eliasson Combines Art and Solar Technology to Shed Light On the 1.6 Billion People Who Live Without Electricity

August 8, 2012 by  
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The ability to switch on a light is something that many of us take for granted, but more than 20% of the world is left in the dark when night falls. With 1.6 billion people lacking access to electricity, few solutions exist for these often impoverished individuals to gain access to lighting that is affordable, reliable, and above all, safe. Recently, Artist Olafur Eliasson and innovator Frederick Ottesen released Little Sun , a portable solar-powered lamp capable of providing five hours of continuous light. While the little lamp is being distributed for use worldwide, Eliasson decided to join forces with the Tate Modern Museum in London to promote the new lighting innovation to the public. In an interactive exhibit where art meets technology to improve living, the aptly dubbed ‘ Tate Blackouts ‘ invite vistors to experience art in the Tate ‘s suite of surrealist galleries using only the Little Sun  lamps to light the way. While the lamps are being used far from their ultimate recipients, their use in this forward-thinking art exhibit poignantly provides a vehicle for the more fortunate to internalize what it means to live with little or no access to electrical lighting. We recently visited the exhibit in London — see some of our photos ahead and learn more about how Little Sun has the potential to bring new light and raise living standards for more than a billion people worldwide. This content series is brought to you in partnership with smartwater . smartwater , good taste travels well. To learn more click here . Read the rest of Olafur Eliasson Combines Art and Solar Technology to Shed Light On the 1.6 Billion People Who Live Without Electricity Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: lighting for developing countries , little sun , little sun lamp , Olafur Eliasson , solar lamp , solar lamps for 3rd world , solar lamps for developing countries , Solar Power , solar powered lighting , solar powered ligthing solutions , Tate Modern , tate modern exhibits , tate modern exhibits 2012 , tate modern little sun

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Olafur Eliasson’s Little Sun is an Affordable Solar-Powered LED Lamp

March 1, 2012 by  
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These fantastic solar-powered LED lights by LittleSun are designed by German Artist Olafur Eliasson and innovator Frederick Ottesen to provide a practical, safe, and efficient source of artificial light for some of the 1.3 billion people worldwide who live without electricity. The light’s durable, versatile design includes a 6 cm x 6 cm single cell mono-crystalline solar module that when exposed to four hours of sunlight will yield five hours of bright LED illumination. Designed to survive three years of continuous usage, Little Sun’s neat construction and ingenious shaping allow it to be “used as a table or pendant lamp or as a hand-held lantern” at night, and to be easily carried during the day as it charges. Read the rest of Olafur Eliasson’s Little Sun is an Affordable Solar-Powered LED Lamp Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “solar energy” , affordable solar , eco friendly light , energy poverty , frederick ottesen , kerosene lamps , led lamp , LED lantern , little sun , Olafur Eliasson , portable solar , solar lamp , sub-saharan africa

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