«Enganchate», Light as a Unifying Element
The winners of the Natural Light - International Design Competition have now been chosen from the 172 impressive Natural Light Lamp designs submitted from 65 countries around the world.
The winners are two very talented Argentinian Industrial Design students, Ms. Mariana Arando and Mr. Luca Fondello, both from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. The production phase of the winning design for the Natural Light Lamp will begin shortly, followed next year by shipment of the lamps to three African countries without access to electricity.
Last year, the VELUX Group and Little Sun joined forces to launch the Natural Light – International Design Competition, which challenged design students around the world to create a design for a solar lamp which would help to bring clean, reliable, affordable light to some of the 1.2 billion people worldwide living without electricity. Now the jury has voted and decided on the winning solar lamp design by two Industrial Design students from the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina.
“We are very excited to have won the Natural Light-International Design Competition. Winning such a competition could represent a huge opportunity for our future careers. We are so anxious to see our design and concept for the Natural Light solar lamp when it has been produced and serves its purpose. We liked the idea of helping and empowering people who do not have electricity and that was our primary motivating factor throughout the whole process. We are also glad that our lamp will be produced in 14,500 units and sent to Africa, where it can do some good for many families,” said Ms. Mariana Arando and Mr. Luca Fondello, Industrial Design students at the University of Buenos Aires.
The jury members were very impressed by the creativity, innovation and thoughtfulness of the winning design. “Providing access to light is not only about answering a functional need. It is also about understanding the intimate link between energy and our aspirations, our common global desire for happiness. I strongly believe that these two aspects of design must always be seen as one. The winning design addresses both – and more: it understands that holding energy in your hand makes you feel empowered. This design is empowering,” says Artist Olafur Eliasson, Founder of Little Sun and Chairman of the Natural Light jury.
To celebrate the VELUX Group’s 75th anniversary, 14,500 Natural Light lamps will be produced, based on the competition’s winning design. The lamps will be distributed by the NGO Plan International in Zimbabwe, Zambia and Senegal in late 2015 and early 2016. The aim is to deliver sustainable, solar-powered light to people living in areas without electricity, through a program that involves and empowers local communities.
The winners of the Natural Light – International Design Competition, Ms. Mariana Arando, (22 years old), and Mr. Luca Fondello, (23 years old), both live in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and are studying Industrial Design together at the University of Buenos Aires (FADU, Department of Architecture, Design and Urban Planning). Both students are very committed to their education, while also remaining open to wider learning from exciting projects and gaining new experiences from competitions such as this.