In Brief

Does this clover-like lamppost fit in with Paris' stony sensibilities?

French designer Mathieu Lehanneur has always had his eyes set on a big prize, Paris, as the site for his creations. Having previously designed fiber-optic internet oases for the city’s denizens, Lehanneur has moved on to other multifunctional street furniture, and this time, instead of literally incorporating plants, he has used a botanical inspiration as a jumping-off point for a streetlamp called Clover.

First and foremost, Clover is a solar-powered street-light design. Its method of storing energy allows for three hours of energy autonomy. Large aluminum domes direct light exclusively downward, maximizing lighting efficiency. This unique method of distributing illumination also prevents the light pollution that makes so many urban skies glow orange.

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