Ceiling/Pendant

Pablo Tube Top Pendant

The Pablo Tube Top lamps have been around for years- before 2007 at least – but this pendant takes the stretcher idea to new heights (so to speak). While the 36″ wide version, shown above, is perfectly proportioned for a rectangular dining area, the smaller 7″ or 14″ could work quite well above a bar or as a pendant above a bedside table.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $160.00 - 450.00
Available from: 2modern

Array Pendant

Bend has truly excellent seating options in a few lucky shades of pop-out color, so it should be no surprise that they add this extra special spherical pendant to their collection. At 18″ x 22″, it’s the right sort of size for a mid-sized dining area, and the gridded galvanized iron does no harm in casting patterns across a wall. Available in white or fluorescent green/yellow.
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Price: $995.00
Available from: Bend

Prouvé Potence Lamp

Mainly this lamp has resided in the in-case-I-inherit-money inspiration folder, but if you possess great skills in money management, maybe one day you’ll have one for your very own. Designed by Jean Prouvé in collaboration with Charlotte Perriand in 1950, the Potence lamp provides overhead lighting on a pivoting swivel. The single metal rod extends almost 7 feet from the wall, which allows illumination in a 180-degree range without the fuss of taking up floor space.
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Price: $1720.00

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Available from: DWR

Folded Light Art

Lower budgets have the Phrena Lights by Tord Boontje. Mid to higher priced budgets might consider the Folded Light Art of designer Jiangmei Wu. Each light is made from 100 percent recycled cotton paper and is made by using original origami folding techniques that Wu developed. And yes, each shade can be unfolded into flat pieces of paper, though it would be silly to try unless you’re an origami expert.
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Price: $1000.00
Available from: Folded Light Art

Icosahedron Pendant

Yes, it is another icosahedron, that wonderful 20-sided shape that we all know and love, yet this one is in the form of a pendant light- a pendant light handmade in Brooklyn, NY, no less. Now, the retailer is being a little mysterious (or maybe just forgetful) by not listing the actual artist’s name (nor the cooperative), but let’s congratulate the artist for creating this acrylic glass and brushed aluminum beauty. Oh, remember how ‘handmade’ was in italics? That emphasis serves to warn you that this pendant will put a dent in your credit card should you choose to purchase it.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $1,500.00
Available from: ABC Home

Cage Lamps

The Cage lighting collection designed by Arik Levy for Forestier combines the industrial aspect of protective cage light fixtures with traditional paper lanterns (a more obvious iteration is found in the In & Out Lamp small and large). This opposites-attract formula results in a successful pairing that is surprisingly elegant, and as a result this collection has moved to the top of the wish-this-was-available-statside list.
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Price: €217,50
Available from: Wannekes

Shayk Pendant Light

Say what you will about synthetic paper, but don’t knock its affordability in the lighting department. Designer Amanda Betz was inspired by the Sheikh Lutf Allah Mosque in Isfahan, Iran, and, as you can see, she created a honeycomb-like pattern to mimic the design on the mosque’s dome. Be sure to take a look at the shadows cast by this light, for you’ll not be short on ambience if you get one. The description states that you can adjust the shape of the Shayk light with your hands, so there could be a little wiggle room if you want it to be less/more of an oblong sphere.
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Price: $105.00
Available from: YLiving

Grand and Petit Trianon Lamps

These aren’t new, but they are affordable and pretty lovely for the price- definitely worth keeping in mind if you need something eye catching that doesn’t break the bank. Designed by Paula Arntzen and named after the palace of King Louis XIV. Post-consumer coated Tyvek makes for a lightweight material and allows a soft glow through the folded slits.

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Price: $99.00 - 150.00
Available from: YLiving

Hang On Easy Diffuser

You’ve no excuse for bare bulbs, especially after being reminded that Droog has this shade. In a few seconds, cover your bare bulb with the Hang On Easy Diffuser and then step back and bask in the soft glow of your lovely new light source. This was one of the earlier posts (c. 2006?) here on BLTD, and it’s nice to see that it remains such an easy and elegant solution.
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Price: $134.00
Available from: Emmo Home

Merkled Lighting

These pendants get top points in the lighting-made-from-scraps category; both lights are made from the cutoff forms left over from the Merkeled Coat Rack. Each shade is made of powder-coated aluminum panels that are folded and fastened together, and you can hang them either straight down or slightly askew.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $270.00 and up
Available from: merkled studio

Etch Light Web

What a show stopper. The new Etch Light Web by Tom Dixon casts a lovely angular pattern when lit, showing off an elegant result of geometry applied to design. An irregular pentagon is repeated 60 times to create a total sphere approximately 65cm wide, and despite the size, the sphere remains lightweight at just over 2 pounds. It’s available for pre-order now through The Lollipop Shoppe in the UK, available September 2012.
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Purchase Information:

Price: £765.00
Available from: The Lollipop Shoppe

Quarry Pendant Lights

Marble has long been a luxurious product, but how about using it as a pendant shade? These hand-turned pendant lights by Benjamin Hubert are pretty spectacular, as they show off the translucent properties of thin-walled marble. By using an LED, the large internal cavity remains open in order to appreciate the rough cuts in direct contrast to the smooth exterior. Here’s hoping they’re in your budget (and if they are, you’re one lucky duck).
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Price: $1,735.00 - 2,395.00
Available from: MATTER

Dot/Dash Translucent Pendant

Take a look at this new pendant light from Erich Ginder. It’s made from die cut fabric, so there’s a soft texture to begin with, and with a little assembly (it ships flat), you’ll have a lovely geometric light to call your own. Made in in the United States.

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Price: $358.00

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Available from: Design Public

Graypants Scrap Cardboard Lamps

We posted about Seattle-based Graypants‘ Scrap Lights back in 2008, and we’re quite happy to say that they are not only still available to purchase, but a few new models have been released. Scrap Lights are pendant lamps laser-cut from repurposed cardboard boxes, hand assembled in Seattle. Sizes and prices range from $129 for the 8” Moon, to the monstrous room-filling 36” Drum, which sells for  $1399. Each one is made to order. Available with a black or white cord.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $129.00 and up
Available from: Graypants

Fire Extinguisher Pendant Lamps

As you’ve ascertained from the title, these lamps are made from spent fire extinguisher canisters. By using either the top or bottom of the canister the shape is cylindrical or rounded, and each one is hand painted with a slight black/grey effect. Not a bad way to make use of an otherwise discarded item, and it certainly lends itself to a nice ‘guess what this used to be’ discussion at your next dinner party.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $70.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods