Lighting

M Lamp

This little guy looks like he needs to star in a Pixar film, doesn’t he? Inspired by the archetypal miner’s lamps of 19th century, the M Lamp is powered by a rechargeable Lithium long-life battery, and if you’re asking how long is ‘long-life’ you’ll be happy to know that it is rated to “to last 50,000 hours, for up to 2,000 charging cycles with no loss in performance.” Is that impressive, or what? A handle makes the M Lamp very portable, so you can move it around the home whenever you need an extra light.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $220.00
Available from: A+R Store

Flos Tab T Table Lamp

The Flos 15% off Sale ends tomorrow (March 20), so now’s the time to pick up a Tab T Table Lamp, as it slides in at just under the $300 price point. Designed by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, the Tab T has an adjustable head that gives you direct lighting that’s ideal for a desktop or side table. Choose between shiny black or white.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $293.25
Available from: Flos

Brass T from Allied Maker

Nowadays there are more lighting options than ever- you don’t have to buy from the big box stores, as there are many designers/makers doing their own selection of ceiling pendants and lamps. This Brass T fixture from Allied Maker is just about as simple as you can get, and was inspired by 19th century gas lanterns that used to illuminate old saloons. With hints of the same materials as the You Make It: Lindsey Adelman Chandelier (my own version shown here), it has me itching to get out my pliers and electrical tape, but, thankfully, there’s no need because it’s actually pretty affordable, especially considering the custom lengths available.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $365.00
Available from: Allied Maker

Make Your Own – Angle Lamp

If you like the look of this Angle Lamp, you’re in luck- you can make it yourself! The Make Your Own Angle Lamp comes as a kit, available in different color schemes. Pick the color you want for the shade, the cord, and base, and then assemble it all yourself. And, not to worry, it comes with everything you need with very clear instructions. However, the shop that offers this lamp is in New Zealand, so if you’re located elsewhere, there might be a significant shipping fee (sad face).
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Purchase Information:

Price: $289.00
Available from: Douglas + Bec

Clothespin Clip Light

Ah, now, who couldn’t find a use for a Clothespin Clip Light? Open the clip and you’ll find an on/off switch as well as a place for two replaceable CR2032 batteries. Clip it on a book, magazine, your clothes, or wherever else you’d like- you’ll have a little beam of light for illumination.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $7.00
Available from: Rare Device

Fire

If you’ve ever fumbled about in drawers and pockets to find a set of matches, you might just need want a dignified canister to keep them safe at hand in a designated spot. Set your eyes upon Fort Standard’s Fire kit, which is a spin-off of the Life is Precious Survival Kit they designed for Wallpaper’s Handmade Exhibition. The brass canister is waterproof and contains strike anywhere matches and a cotton ball in the cap for tinder. “Fire – Light & Warmth – Strike on bottom” is engraved on the surface, reminding the user to use the roughened bottom as the striker.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $150.00
Availability: Buy Fire here

Numerouno Pendant Lamp

This Numerouno Pendant Lamp made an appearance on some design sites a few weeks back, but, before we go any further, I should warn you that it’s not available for shipping to the US or Canada. However, it is available to buy within the EU, so you’re lucky if you reside in one of those countries or the surrounding area.

Now, onto the lamp: the simple materials (corrugated cardboard, wire plastic, nylon thread) make for a lightweight light source that has a low environmental impact. The length and overall minimal silhouette makes it a great choice for above a kitchen island, dining table, or desk, and all you’ll need to provide is the 21W tube, which will emit more light than two 75W light bulbs.
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Purchase Information:

Price: €89.00
Available from: KIESSLER

Workstead 3 Arm Chandelier

The Workstead 3 Arm Chandelier caught my eye again in a small yet lovely interior the other day (thanks Kris for the link), and was reminded of how the arms allow for such versatility in terms of dimensions. As a horizontal fixture, it hangs 36″ from the ceiling, however, if you choose to take advantage of the vertical length, you’ll have up to a 62″ drop. That is a dramatic difference, and allows for different moods depending on the height of the light bulbs. I’m planning on adding this chandelier to my ‘save-up-for-pronto’ list.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $1,800.00
Available from: Workstead

28d Table Light

A grey crochet cable coils up to create the base of this blown glass sphere light, allowing the light to comfortably sit on any horizontal surface. While there are many color choices available, you might opt for the clear glass sphere (shown above) if you’d rather keep a quiet color scheme. There’s a 28.1 Single Pendant Light and 28s Wall Light as well.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $545.00
Available from: Dwell Store

Grain Pendant

At first glance, this Grain Pendant looks like it has a simple aluminum shade. However, take a closer look and you’ll see that the shade is formed over a wooden mold that has been sandblasted, and, during the shade’s metal spinning process, the patterns of the wood grain are impressed on the shade’s underside. Read more about the Grain Pendant’s case study over at Brendan Ravenhill’s site.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $380.00
Available from: Brendan Ravenhill

Tallow Candles

Ambiance. Say it with me, A-M-b-i-a-n-c-e. That’s what a lot of interiors lack due to bad overhead lighting. Now, if you’ve got the money, hire a professional and get your home’s lighting fixed as soon as possible, as fame and fortune is sure to follow once your guests see your face under flattering light. If you don’t have the money, the simple solution is to buy a few candles and light ‘em up. For extra design credit, these Tallow Candles will softly illuminate whilst also referencing a little old-world elegance, giving your table more refinement than cheap(er) candlesticks.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $35.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Punk Pendant

Any guesses as to what mystery material this pendant’s shade is made of? Here’s a hint: there’s a variety of copper alloys involved, and the item is originally intended to give off a specific sound. Drum roll….. it’s a cymbal! A vintage 10″ cymbal, in fact. Pretty smart use for a cast-off, so if you run across any on your next thrift store trips, you know what to do. From Workerman.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $125.00
Available from: Workerman

Swing Arm Wall Sconce

If you need/want an inexpensive, simple wall sconce, get a load of this matte black steel light designed by Lime Studio (and available from CB2). Not bad, eh? A swivel arm gets light right where you want, making it perfect for a bedside reading companion. And, if you have some time, take a look at Lime Studio’s other products- they show a lot of promise, especially if other items will lean towards an affordable price point like this lamp.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $79.95
Available from: CB2

You Make It: Lindsey Adelman Chandelier

How cool does this chandelier look? Pretty cool, right? Now, what if I told you I made this guy with my own two hands? Yep, I finally got around to making a DIY Lindsey Adelman Chandelier. And, yes, it was difficult at times- more than a few swear words were released into the ether- but so well worth it. Details below.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $140.00
Available from: Grand Brass Lamp Parts

EcoSmart Dimmable LED Downlight

Before the holiday break, my home’s recessed can lights looked like a sad sack of characters past their prime: their springs that had lost their ‘spring’ and the plastic trim had yellowed, giving the appearance that the lights were much older than their dozen years. My home is pretty modern- it’s a very open plan, loft-like townhome- and the lights just weren’t cutting it. Plus, we (my husband and I) wanted to upgrade to LEDs, so we bit the bullet and decided to purchase new lights.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $24.97
Available from: Home Depot