Using the sun to power lamps is something that all designers and manufacturers should strive for. It just seems logical that the sun's energy should be saved in some way so that we could use it again at night. The next best thing to actually having sunlight at night is using solar panels to convert sunlight to electricity. The Solar Lampion is a great way of using the sun's energy again at night.
This incredible looking lantern was created by Damien O'Sullivan for the St. Etienne Design Triennial fair. It was on display at the Museum of Modern Art of New York in the Design and the Elastic Mind collection.
This lighting fixture is made of 36 miniature solar panels, each one is connected to an electroluminescent diode. The design is circular and the panels are optimally laid out in an inclination angle so that they will capture the maximum amount of sunlight to charge the lantern's battery. So basically, you let it juice up during the day and bring it inside during the night. It's a pretty great idea and the lantern definitely looks awesome. [via Make]