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Pivotante À Poser

If you’ve ever admired Charlotte Perriand’s work, I’ve got some good news for you: now you can own one of her lamps. The Pivotante À Poser swivels around to adjust the amount of light coming through its sheet metal body. It’s a simple idea, executed in a smaller size so that the lamp can fit easily on a side table or shelf.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $285.00
Available from: MoMA Store

PH 5 Pendant Light

If you’re going to buy a PH 5 Pendant Light, it might as well be on sale. This classic light was designed by Poul Henningsen in 1958 and remains one of the smarter choices for glare-free illumination. You’re probably familiar with the slightly more popular PH Artichoke by Henningsen, yet the price tag on that makes it a little less attainable. The curved reflectors on the PH5 ensure that light is directed appropriately, and, with several superb color combinations, it’s a perfect choice for above a dining table or workspace.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $450.00 - 597.00
Available from: Finnish Design Shop

Chamber Light

If you’re particularly attuned to any and all forms of lighting ambience, chances are likely that you’ll not settle for any ol’ hurricane lantern for all the summer evenings ahead. So, feast your eyes upon the Chamber light, which is appropriate for tealights or oil. A small handle incorporated into the base makes it quite portable, while the glass shade is just.. well, pretty.
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Price: $84.95
Available from: Finnish Design Shop

Polo Table Lamp

An articulated task lamp is essential if you’re at your desk in the early morning or very late at night, though let’s hope you’re not working too hard. Check out the Polo Table Lamp, with its small footprint and long, skinny arms. Three joints allow for precise illumination and smooth movement, both a must when you’re in a work zone. A succinct shade takes up little visual space, allowing for a minimal vibe that fits your workspace perfectly.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $505.00
Available from: Gessato

Cup Lamp by Paul Loebach

A combination pen cup and lamp? Sure, why not? Designer Paul Loebach combines the two for an ultra efficient desktop or bedside companion. A built-in USB port makes charging your devices a breeze, and a dimming knob allows for just the right amount of light. No searching around in the dark for your writing utensils- they’ll be at the ready whenever inspiration should strike.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $180.00
Available from: Cooper Hewitt Shop

Bub Table Lamp

This isn’t the first or last bulb-stuck-in-the-side-of-a-lampshade you’ll see, but it is perhaps the most alluring. A bulb pierces the side of the hand blown glass shade, at just the right height for a friendly, floating apparition. The olive tint gives the lamp an extra amicable look that’s sure to get along with other pieces in your collection.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $399.00
Available from: Blu Dot

‘Pion’ Lamps

A lamp by Bertjan Pot, you say? And it’s not too terribly expensive? Well, sign me up. The ‘Pion’ lamps for Wrong.London and Hay have a shape that references a pawn chess piece (‘Pion’ is the Dutch word for “pawn”). Crafted from a stitched composite ‘Nomex’ paper, the lamp gives off a soft, diffused glow that’s sure to set the right ambience in any room. The shape is supported by a steel frame and carbon-fibre rod, and, don’t worry, the shade is both UV-stable and flame resistant. Suitable for floor or table use.
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Price: $175.00 - 245.00
Available from: WallpaperSTORE*

On The Edge Lamp

Hmm, this little lamp features a matte finish and multiple convex facets. So what, you say? Well, it’ll look and feel nice, and you’ll be able to position it in multiple ways to get the light right where you want it. Think of it as a subtle spotlight, perfect for ambient lighting in a living area or bedroom.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $299.00
Available from: Gessato

Muuto’s Grain Pendant

At first glance, you’ll most likely wish Muuto’s Grain Pendant was a bit bigger than ~8″ in diameter. However, once you see a few lined up over a kitchen island or a large grouping over a table, you’ll be glad that it’s not too large, as the size is perfect for multiples. Get up close and personal, and you’ll see the shade is made from a mix of bamboo fibers and polypropylene, which gives it a subtle texture and warmth. Now on sale.
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Price: $126.65
Available from: Lumens

Ada Sconce

The Ada Sconce is a versatile little light, for its shade is made of two adjustable reflectors on friction hinges. This means you can move the shades around in many different ways to direct the light exactly where you wish. Fans of Charlotte Perriand might recognize a little of her CP-1 Sconce in this design, as this light was inspired by that exact design. And, another nice tidbit: the Ada sconce is named for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which dictates that sconces in hallways must not protrude from the wall more than 4”.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $450.00
Available from: Brendan Ravenhill

Cymbal Pendant

Well, what do we have here? It’s a very simple pendant that uses the light bulb as support for the shades. Aluminum disks diffract the light and trick your eye with reflections of its environment. Does it remind you a little of the Grain Pendant by Brendan Ravenhill? It’s the same sort of idea, and a little more affordable at that.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $355.00
Available from: MATTER

Theorem Desk Lamp

Inspired by the hypotenuse of a right triangle, this smaller LED lamp will tuck in nicely amongst your other desk items. You do remember what a hypotenuse is, right? The Theorem Desk Lamp from DAMM is made from hand turned solid Ash base, cerused (I had to look up what that meant), with a natural beeswax finish. And, if you’d like an alternate color scheme, there’s black as well. An alternate arm shape? Piazza.
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Price: $725.00
Available from: DAMM

Potence Pivotante Wall Lamp

You’re familiar with the Potence Lamp, right? Nemo has re-launched the original design by Charlotte Perriand in collaboration with Prouvé’s Tropique house. The long-armed, L-shaped light rotates 180 degrees on the wall, which lets light reach all around a room, making the most of its single halogen bulb. Of course, this version is a little more pared-down and straightforward than the angled Potence. Don’t tell anyone, but I think I prefer it.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $632.00
Available from: Finnish Design Shop

Boom Table Light

Need a little light? The Boom task light by Tom Dixon is composed of a series of cylinders and tubes arranged in a semi-industrial sculptural stack. Inspired by traditional draftsman’s and machinist’s lamps, the pivoting arm and head will focus light right where you need it, which may just help you get your work done a tiny bit faster. If not that, then at the very least you won’t have headaches from eye strain.
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Price: $330.00
Available from: Horne

Trash Me Lamp

Do you have any egg cartons lying around? Maybe you could make a lamp… or, at least appreciate that this small lamp is made from paper pulp comprising of four egg cartons, water, and aluminum screws. Designed by Victor Vetterlein, the lamp is intended to reflect the transient nature of the material used. At the end of its life the lamp can be recycled.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $125.00
Available from: Matter Matters