Olafur Eliasson and IKEA are designing a series of affordable, solar-powered tools

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/b1/b1c2c3046ee96df57c08d1c52b8d6fe7.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><em>The Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson and the Swedish furniture retailer Ikea are teaming up to produce a range of accessible and affordable tools that function without mains electricity and use renewable energy.
Eliasson’s Little Sun project, co-founded with Frederik Ottesen, created a solar-powered torch for the 1 billion people worldwide who live off the power grid. It is now sold cheaply in more than 600 African outlets. [...] The products developed will be available in Ikea stores.

Olafur Eliasson is a busy man these days: after recently completing his first building, he's now announced a major design collaboration between his Little Sun initiative with IKEA to create a line of sustainable and affordable off-the-grid tools. 
Little Sun Original in Burundi. Photo: Aminata Nimaga.
“Little Sun makes solar energy tangible and your world a little bit more sustainable," Olafur said. "We are excited to collaborate with IKEA, raising 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."

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