Founded in 2012 by Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson and South African engineer Frederik Ottesen, the Little Sun project has, for over 5 years, been providing energy to communities without electricity worldwide — a figure which now comes to more than 1.1 billion people. Originally founded to realize a solar powered lamp, the project has since expanded into a full range of solar products, each new idea experimenting with how sustainable energy can change people’s lives now. For each unit sold in a market with electricity, one of Little Sun’s partners sells a similar product in their part of the world at an locally affordable price. The project’s most recent creation — completed in 2016 — is the ‘Little Sun Diamond’, a crystalline lamp that can provide up to four hours of illumination. With both a directed reading light and a more ambient light setting, the Little Sun Diamond acts as a more mature iteration of its predecessors. Unable to attend on the night, Eliasson sent THE DESIGN PRIZE a short video of thanks stating how happy and proud he was to receive the award, and urging attendees to promote social change through this new product.