Little Sun is a social business of artist Olafur Eliasson and engineer Frederik Ottesen, where they create products to put “ the sun’s energy in the palm of your hand ” – think portable solar lamps and solar chargers. The company is currently collaborating with furniture giant IKEA to help people living without electricity by creating a series of self-contained, sustainable tools for everyday life.
IKEA x Little Sun will explore new ways to capture solar energy through design. Through this collaboration they want to create portable solar lighting and other off-grid solutions for IKEA customers, as both companies sensitize more than one billion people who lack access to electricity. ” By democratizing great things, we can give many people access to products that enhance everyday life, supporting and encouraging independent living ,” said Marcus Engman, head of design at IKEA Range and Supply. “ If we can create good and democratic design solutions, then living off the grid can be sustainable, low cost and provide independence. “
Both companies announced that the new tools will be functional and beautiful, and will serve as an introduction to renewable energy. ” Little Sun makes solar energy tangible and its world a little more sustainable ,” Eliasson said in a press release. “ We are very happy to collaborate with IKEA, raising awareness about access to energy and the need for a global union. 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 that by December 2017 it had distributed 661,578 Little Sun worldwide, and more than 377,637 lamps have gone to places where electricity was lacking. Little Sun said it would also like to explore solutions in off-grid communications and water in addition to energy.
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