In a world where climate change is becoming an increasing concern, finding ways to use renewable energy sources is more important than ever. Swedish furniture giant IKEA and socially responsible company Little Sun have joined forces to explore the use of solar energy in everyday objects. The result is SAMMANLÄNKAD, a collection of two beautiful and functional LED solar lamps that harness the power of the sun to create light.
With the aim of raising awareness of the need for alternative energy solutions lamps SAMMANLÄNKAD they combine design, beauty and functionality with solar technology. These lamps not only look great, but are also designed to spark interest in solar energy and provide a light source that is both environmentally friendly and socially responsible.
Little Sun Organization
Little Sun is an organization founded by two world-renowned artists Olafur Eliasson and an engineer Frederik Ottesen. Their main goal is to provide access to solar energy to people living in communities without regular access to electricity, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. Working with IKEA allowed them to make the power of the sun more visible and accessible to people.
It is the larger of the two SAMMANLÄNKAD lamps LED solar desk lamp, designed to look like the sun. The light source has a hemispherical shape, and the reflection from the mirror creates a shining sun. The metal frame is adjustable, which allows it to be used as a table or hanging lamp. The versatility of the lamp is increased by the ability to remove it from the frame and use it as a lamp.
A smaller portable flashlight it's perfect for outdoor use and comes with a yellow strap that can be hung from a window or backpack to charge during the day. Both lamps are equipped with solar collectors and rechargeable batteries. You can also charge the table lamp via USB-A and USB-C ports. You can even use the flashlight function to power your mobile phone.
Olafur Eliasson said about the collaboration: “The partnership with IKEA supports our mission to raise awareness about energy access. At the same time, it reminds us that we have the potential to co-shape our world." Similarly, James Futcher, creative director at IKEA Sweden, said: "With this collaboration, we wanted to stimulate the discussion about solar energy and put the power of the sun in the hands of many people. Our shared belief is that the potential of thoughtful design lies in its ability to create awareness and create change.”
SAMMANLÄNKAD lamps they are not only visually stunning, but also serve as a powerful reminder of the importance of renewable energy sources. Little Sun has already helped provide clean energy to 4.6 million people in sub-Saharan Africa, and they hope to continue spreading solar energy around the world. These lamps may be a small step towards that goal, but they are a step in the right direction.
In a world where environmental sustainability is becoming increasingly critical, it is essential to find innovative ways to use renewable energy sources. IKEA and Little Sun's collaboration shows that design can be used to spark debate and raise awareness of the need for alternative energy solutions. With SAMMANLÄNKAD lamps, solar energy is not only practical, but also beautiful. These lamps remind us that small steps can make a big difference in creating a more sustainable future.