Designer Samuel Li of Albany, New York, seems to believe in stacking functions — literally. His stacked Leaf lantern system is one part energy efficient lighting for the home, one part flashlight/torch, one part cell phone charger, and 100% solar powered.

This egg-like lamp concept unfolds in segments around its central axis to expose its internal solar panels to the sun, striking sculptural pose beneath a sunny window. When night falls, you can simply realign those segments and enjoy the warm glow of your very own futuristic solar lamp — or, if your cell phone needs recharging, separate those segments and place your phone on a solar panel over night, where the wonders of wireless induction will magically re-juice your phone.

Leaf solar lantern
image via Samuel Li

Alternately, if you need to venture out into the wilds of your backyard after dark — or even tiptoe upstairs without turning lights on — you can detach one of the Leaf’s segments for use as a mobile light source, either in the focused flashlight mode or ambient candle mode.

Leaf 2
image via Samuel Li

Versatile, futuristic, and vaguely reminiscent of R2D2, the Leaf strikes us as an ideal addition to any tech forward household with an emphasis on design — though we have the feeling it might not play that well with small children, especially if individual segments are easy to remove.

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