Felix Hallwachs


The 2 Minute Interview

Felix Hallwachs is an incredibly likeable and charismatic person. And he is also an architect and the managing director of Little Sun, the small solar lamp meant to bring light to all the places without a consistent energy supply. The driving force behind this social business is the über-artist Olafur Eliassion and the company is located in Germany’s beautiful capital Berlin. Great job, great company, a whole lot of meaning and the perfect place – what else could you ask for? The simple things, of course. Because happiness lies within us, as we were allowed to find out. Thank you, dear Felix.

Name: Felix Hallwachs
Age: 39
Home: Berlin
Profession: Architect
Shoe size: 45
Favourite month: April
Contact: www.littlesun.com

If you could change the world over night, where would you start?
By bringing global compassion and togetherness forward – when we all start developing our similarities instead of cultivating our differences, the world will surely be a better place.

Can Little Sun save the world?
We believe so – but we probably can’t do it all alone. Saving the world takes a global community. We don’t just produce solar products, we try to connect people worldwide. By underlining similarities instead of differences, we hope to narrow the emotional gap between global north and global south.

What do you do on cloudy days?
I look for sunlight between the clouds. And I use yesterday’s sun – that’s the great thing about solar lamps…

An encounter you’ll never forget:
Definitely the first encounter with my son, who was born last year.

Tell us about a magical place!
The best magical place is found within ourselves.

What have you been wanting to do for ages but never get around to?
Thousands of things – which leads me to not always achieving to do the things I actually set out to do.

What are you impressed by?
People who manage to achieve everything they set out to do (but only if they set out to do a lot). Pretty much everything done with zeal, energy and enthusiasm.

The world in the year 2100 is…
Hopefully a little lighter, cleaner and more peaceful than today.

Which piece of art would you like to own?
That’s a long list! Although most of the pieces in our house are from friends or acquaintances – I only knew I wanted to have them when I saw them in the studio or gallery…

What would you cook for us if we came to visit you?
Probably something suitable for babies, healthy and not very spicy – my son just turned one and is slowly trying anything kitchen-related.

What are you afraid of?
Something happening to my nearest and dearest. And climate change. And all the conflicts in the world. And the current populism in politics – that definitely belongs on the list, unfortunately.

When was last time you tried something new and what was it?
Little Sun is still a project where we are breaking new ground on most days. So it’s easier to ask myself when I will actually do something familiar again. And it’s not much different in private with a baby. A wonderful adventure.

What should no one know about you?
You won’t find that out here…

What question should we have asked?
How can we make the world a better place together? And how do we get more people to believe in the power of renewable energy and to actually change their habits?

Last words:
Solar love for everyone!

Photo: Claus Morgenstern


Kategorien: People | Autor: | Datum: 25. Mai 2016 | Tags: , , , Keine Kommentare

Let there be light


Let there be light

As much as we occasionally yearn for complete silence, darkness and seclusion, as romantic as we find the night sky whose only source of light are its myriad twinkling stars: we just can’t imagine our daily lives without electricity. For 1.1 billion people on this earth, however, that is reality. They live in off-grid regions in Africa, Australia, Canada, Europe and other places without stable electricity. And in most cases, it has nothing to do with romanticism. They jeopardize their health in the light of toxic paraffin lamps, mobile phones that can’t be charged stand in the way of networking and obstruct access to learning opportunities, medical care and information. Icelandic artist Olafur Eliason has been dealing critically with topics such as climate, weather and natural spectacles in his art for years and is now attending to this electric emergency with a pragmatic and hands-on attitude. Together with the engineer and entrepreneur Frederik Ottensen, he developed the social business „Little Sun“ and went global. It’s not just about organizing funds and help, but also about producing locally and creating real alternatives. With their eponymous solar LED-lamp that can provide artificial light for up to 50 hours after charging sunlight for 5 hours, Little Sun not only provides practical pleasure but also enables children in areas lacking electricity to finish their homework after dusk, for example. In April, Little Sun lamp will be joined by the extremely powerful Little Sun Charge, that not only shines a light but also, thanks to solar power, charges mobile phones or other small electronic devices. Half a day of sunlight is enough to fully charge two mobile phones. Activities bound to electricity, such as gathering information, bank transfers or contacting doctors, are suddenly made possible for so many people. Little Sun works with a solidarity concept: anyone who buys a Little Sun product (for a read in their sleeping bag on the next camping trip, for example) helps to provide lamps and chargers at a fair price in regions without electricity. And because we are such fans of this, we won’t be giving away one of these practical gadgets today but will provide you with this link.
Little Sun | Little Sun Lamp 22 Euro | Little Sun Charge 99 Euro | www.littlesun.com | Photo: Studio Olafur Eliasson | Little Sun


Kategorien: Products | Autor: | Datum: 16. März 2016 | Tags: , , Keine Kommentare