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Bare Ring Sconce

I doubt you’ll find a more exposed or minimal wall light than this Bare Ring Sconce from Brendan Ravenhill and Eric Trine. It suspends the bulb in a simple brass ring, with a glass socket to reveal the light’s electrical components. Honesty definitely is the best policy when it comes to this fixture. Available in a hard-wire version with powder coated steel wall plate or a a plug-in version with switch.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $270.00
Available from: Brendan Ravenhill

Luminoodle

Who doesn’t want a 5-foot strand of ultra-bright, waterproof, and USB-powered LEDs? You could hang one or two strands up in the trees for late night dining, take one with you camping (use the bag as a lantern), or tie or hook one around whatever is handy whenever you need light. Watch the Kickstarter video below for more ideas, and see if you aren’t tempted to get one for your future outside-exploring self.
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Price: $19.00+
Available from: Kickstarter

Mobile Light by Andrew Neyer

If you have a dark living or dining area, may I suggest the Mobile Light by Andrew Neyer? The rotating arms allow for quite a bit of variety in movement, especially considering the arms are 40″ and 48″ in length. The no-frills, minimal design provides a clean look that would work well with other styles, so it’s a very safe bet for all sorts of interiors.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $599.00
Available from: TRNK

Hamill Lamp

Looking a little like an ancient artifact, the Hamill Lamp consists of a hammered brass shade, a blackened steel base, and the necessary socket, bulb, and cloth cord. There’s nothing complicated about it, yet the materials will add an extra layer of warmth- and maybe a dash of historical relevance- to an interior. There’s a sconce as well.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $275.00
Available from: Jayson Home

Less For Less Desk Lamp

Is this the thinnest desk lamp you’ve ever seen? A very slender metal tube bent into a perfect corner comprises the Less For Less Desk Lamp. Could it take up any less room? It’s doubtful; just check out its almost-not-there base. It’s safe to say it won’t get in your way. LED lights will save energy while providing ample light for your workspace.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $540.00
Available from: Luminaire

Sphelar® Solar Flashlight

This flashlight utilizes micro-spherical solar cells to harness the sun’s power. Micro-what? Mirco-spherical solar cells. They’re tiny orbs that capture sunlight from all directions, which means a lot of light is absorbed. The Sphelar® Solar Flashlight will provide you with up to four hours of LED light, all powered by the sun. A wooden base is included for stability while charging. Now on sale from $150 to $99.95.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $99.95
Available from: MoMA Store

Alphabeta Pendants

Brilliant! You can customize the color and shape of these pendants. And if you don’t think you’d be interested, just give it a go and see if you don’t find a perfect color pairing that would fit somewhere in your home. There’s 8 different shapes, each with their own color besides the basic black and white. It gets pricier as you add to the grouping, but you can always just choose one pendant (or two) and stop there (good luck).
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Purchase Information:

Price: $324.00 +
Available from: Hem

The Butler

Say hello to the Butler, a curved brass lamp with a hand turned oak tray. Clamp it on to a tabletop or shelf for an ideal spot to keep necessities- perhaps your keys, wallet or phone? It always helps to have just one area for important things; set it down in the same place every time and it’ll be there when you go to get it (if you don’t live with anyone else).
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Purchase Information:

Price: $495.43
Available from: Studio 19

Rayleigh Table Lamp

This lamp is crazy pretty. Turn it on, and you see a spectrum of neon hues refracted by several prisms. Turn it off, and you have a sculptural piece that quietly shimmers as light moves around it. Made from optical grade dichroic glass and a 3W LED bulb (bonus: energy savings).
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Price: $1,600.00
Available from: ABC Home

Grip LED Torch Flashlight

Why not employ the same grips of the BMX bicycle to a flashlight? You don’t want to drop it on your toes, after all, especially not in a dark, potentially scary room when there’s no electricity. It’s a practical, tactile solution to sweaty palms.
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Price: $30.00
Available from: Cooper Hewitt Shop

Brass Pendant Lamps by Futagami

Have you seen Futagami’s brass Pendant Lamps? Designed by Oji Masanori, each one has a perfect geometric shape that reflects a warm glow for just the right amount of richness. Choose between the Myojo faceted shade, the Hemisphere (shown above), the Cone, or the Star Shadow (not shown). Or, if you’ve got money to burn, choose several as a grouping above a dining table or island for a bigger statement.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $380.00 - 395.00
Available from: Nalata Nalata

Standing Lamp by Muller Van Severen

Let’s finish off the week with something whimsical. Perhaps you don’t have the room (or the budget) for a Duo Seat + Lamp by Muller Van Severen, but maybe a Standing Lamp could slot in beside your sofa and/or favorite reading chair. No? Oh well, at least we can admire the very thin curve arc propped up by two spindly legs in blue, yellow, gray or black. There’s a lot of personality in such a spare form, don’t you think?

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Price: $2,200.00
Available from: Matter

Peek LED Table Lamp

The Peek LED Table Lamp is a cute little thing, isn’t it? It swivels 360° around its heavy metal base and has an adjustable shade for the right diffused-yet-direct light. Simply touch the tip of the stem to dim the light to your preferred brightness. Look closer and you’ll see that the base has a concave top that can hold smaller items like paperclips, jewelry, and coins. Could it be the perfect companion to your desktop or bedside table? I’d say so.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $349.95
Available from: YLighting

V-LITE Lamp

Clever! This V-LITE Lamp doubles as a wall sconce- just hang it up by its foot/feet when you need more space on your nightstand or desk. The perforated metal shade gives off a wonderful pattern on the wall, as you can see, and is adjustable to get light right where you need it. Should we be surprised that this is a Commune and Atelier de Troupe collaboration? Nope, it’s too good to not have had several brains involved.
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Price: $365.00
Available from: Commune

Kangaroo Light

Uh, who doesn’t want a flexible, portable, interactive light? Because you might want to check out the Kangaroo Light before professing that your lighting needs are fulfilled. Control it wirelessly with your device via the app, and play around with moods and sound sensitivities and light alarms. Pretty fun, right? It could be a good nightlight for little ones, or even soft lighting for outdoor activities like camping.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $108.00 - 120.00
Available from: MoMA Store