We're all for solar power around here but we'll admit it's not always the most aesthically pleasing way to save energy. While it won't quite power your house, Dutch designer Damien O'Sullivan has come up with a practical and attractive solution to generating a bit of light. His Solar Lampion consists of 36 small solar panels that form the design of the lamp. You simply leave the lamp outside during the day while it collects sunlight, which should give it enough juice to shine all night, whether you want to bring it into the house or leave it outside. It is still a prototype, unfortunately, but O'Sullivan says it is close to production.

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Dutch designer's Solar Lampion