mexican students unveil solar-powered lamps made from waste material
 

mexican students unveil solar-powered lamps made from waste material

back in 2012, olafur eliasson launched the little sun project, a small solar-powered lantern designed to bring forth proposals in how art can participate in creating world change. continuing his campaign to bring light to those living without access to the electrical grid, eliasson then unveiled the little sun diamond followed by the little sun foundation and a collaboration with IKEA featuring solar-powered products to be released in 2021.

solar project - mexican students unveil solar-powered lamps made from waste material
‘adobe’ by luis fernando sánchez barrios is a handmade solar lamp made of mud, with cactus slime and recycled paper
images by luis fernando sánchez barrios

 

 

almost ten years later, the little sun project continues to inspire creatives around the world. led by moisés hernandez, the solar project is a new initiative by six students from the instituto tecnológico de monterrey in mexico who have created six low-cost hand auxiliary solar lamps. the lighting objects have defined different scenarios, focused on solving the need of nearly 7 million mexicans living in isolated rural populations without electricity.

solar project - mexican students unveil solar-powered lamps made from waste material
‘adobe’ is targeted to marginal mexican communities as a remembrance of prehispanic knowledge and environmental awareness

 

 

with sustainable development in mind, the solar project ignited from mexican waste materials like adobe, coconut, beans, wicker, collagen and agave, aiming to translate them into lamps that use solar cells and LED technology. the result is a collection of sustainable lighting objects created with biomaterials featuring unique properties, with a low manufacturing price and a minimum carbon footprint.

solar project - mexican students unveil solar-powered lamps made from waste material
‘coco’ by rafael sánchez brizuela is based on the coconut bark, making the appropriate sectioning and cuts in order to use the entire fruit shell

 

 

‘this project is an exploration of concerns that came directly from the students,’ moisés fernández told designboom. ‘younger generations are more and more concern about the world that we live in and the materiality of the everyday objects that surround us. the duty of us as guides is to listen to those concerns and work with them.’

solar project - mexican students unveil solar-powered lamps made from waste material
in ‘coconut’, light is reflected on its own crust

 

 

about every seventh person in the world lives with minimal or no access to electricity. most of the time, this is accompanied by a lack of clean water and communication services, leaving people without basic necessities to human existence and community life. these conditions impact societies in more than the obvious, leading to a drop in education levels, reduced working hours and limited emergency medical care.

solar project - mexican students unveil solar-powered lamps made from waste material
‘collagen’ by naoto ricardo kobayashi utsumoto is made of pulverized animal tissue waste as collagen

 

 

taking into consideration the lack or even absence of repairing equipment, the solar project aims for anyone to be able to build and even replace the body of the lamp from scratch when necessary. ‘solar is a project in which sun rays illuminate the night through mexican soil materials,’ concludes fernando sánchez, the designer of the adobe lamp.

solar project - mexican students unveil solar-powered lamps made from waste material
‘collagen’s’ shape was achieved though the use of an injection mold, even though the small imperfections on its surfaces are created as the material dries and shrinks

solar project - mexican students unveil solar-powered lamps made from waste material
‘bean’ by oscar andrés méndez hernández lets users appreciate the texture and colors that the black bean has

solar project - mexican students unveil solar-powered lamps made from waste material
in ‘bean’, the material aesthetic complexity is compensated by the simple shape of the housing 

mexican students unveil solar-powered lamps made from waste material
‘maguey’ by viridiana palma dominguez is a hand auxiliary lamp for interiors with solar cell and LED technology

mexican students unveil solar-powered lamps made from waste material
this lamp is made of maguey pulquero cuticle, a by-product derived from the production of the non-valuable drink named pulque

mexican students unveil solar-powered lamps made from waste material
the control of the material is by means of soaking and machine sewing, allowing it to be an excellent light diffuser

mexican students unveil solar-powered lamps made from waste material
‘mimbre’ by aniela mayte guerrero hernández is made from a vegetable fiber called wicker which is handmade by craftsmen from tequisquiapan, queretaro

mexican students unveil solar-powered lamps made from waste material
thanks to the wicker interlaces, the lamp’s body casts beautiful shadows

 

 

project info:

 

name: solar lamps

design direction: moisés hernández

students: luis fernando sánchez barrios – adobe; oscar andrés méndez hernández – bean; rafael sánchez brizuela – coconut; naoto ricardo kobayashi utsumoto – collagen; viridiana palma dominguez – maguey; aniela mayte guerrero hernández – wicker

photography: luis fernando sánchez barrios

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