Olafur Eliasson is renowned for creating solar-powered lamps that help people living without reliable energy, and now he’s got a new mini lamp lighting the way. With Little Sun Diamond, the designer builds on his previous solar lamps with a more sophisticated diamond-esque variety that can produce two types of solar powered light for up to four hours – after just five hours of charging.



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Unveiled at a recent Design Indaba event in Cape Town, the artist’s follow-up lamp is elegant and minimalist, distinguishing it from the original Little Sun, which had a thick yellow frame. The subsequent Little Sun Charge was similar in style to the original, but doubled as a charger. However, feedback from these two lamps suggested that they were too similar to a child’s toy.

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Shooting for a more mature look, the artist has given the Little Sun Diamond version a sleek metal frame. Still compact enough to fit into a pocket, the diamond-like solar lamp can now provide two types of light, a reading light and a “magical, sparking glow” similar to a disco ball.

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Although the lamps are small, so far, their impact has been great. Aside from providing the basic necessity of light, the solar lamps also provide an alternative to petroleum-based services. According to Eliasson, “[Because of Little Sun] $55 million was released for things other than petroleum. So this is such a small lamp. And yet it is the biggest project I’ve started on.”

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