Olafur Eliasson and IKEA Launch 'Little Sun' Solar-powered Light Collection
April 14, 2023
Icelandic-Danish artist Olafur Eliasson, who’s best known for his large-scale installations and sculptural works surrounding the themes of nature and geometric shapes, has launched a solar-powered lighting collection in tandem with Swedish furniture giant IKEA.
The product line was created through Eliasson’s organisation, Little Sun, and is named the SAMMANLÄNKAD collection.
“The collaboration with IKEA supports our mission to raise awareness for energy access and reminds us that we have the potential to co-shape our world,” says Eliasson.
SAMMANLÄNKAD consists of two limited-edition sun-powered LED products. Both lamps are equipped with solar panels as well as rechargeable batteries for backup power.
The first item combines lighting and solar charging, showing versatility that allows it to be used as a pendant or table lamp. The light source can be detached from the stand and used as a flashlight as well.
A miniature item, the second product is a smaller portable lamp that provides a practical solution for outdoor settings. It comes with a yellow strap and can be hung on a window or backpack during daylight hours for charging.
SAMMANLÄNKAD’s lights provide an affordable and practical solution for those lacking security in accessing electricity. They are easy to use and require no additional infrastructure, making for an ideal solution in rural areas or cramped spaces.
“Little Sun is the perfect collaborator [for] this project in the way they bring beauty, art and design into this very technical way of working with solar panels,” adds James Futcher, Creative Leader at IKEA of Sweden.
Established by Eliasson alongside engineer Frederik Ottesen, Little Sun is an organisation with a core mission to provide access to solar energy to communities without regular electricity, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa.
The initiative has so far helped provide solar energy access to 4.6 million individuals, improving the quality of life of worldwide communities and creating a more sustainable future for the planet.
The collection is now available for purchase in select stores worldwide and online. Check your local IKEA for availability by clicking here.
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