As of earlier this month, IKEA will no longer simply be the practical destination for those with an appetite for affordable Swedish household items (and meatballs!), or simply the best location for having a devastating public argument with one’s partner over couches. On June 7, Icelandic-Dutch artist Olafur Eliasson turned up at IKEA headquarters to make the surprise announcement of a partnership between the home furnishings mega-brand and his five-year-old, Berlin-based sustainability company focused on solar-power initiatives, Little Sun.
“Little Sun makes solar energy tangible and your world a little bit more sustainable,” said Eliasson, in a statement released by Little Sun. “We are excited to collaborate with IKEA, raising awareness 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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Image by Franziska Russo, courtesy of Little Sun.