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Focal LED Lamp with USB Port

It’s great to see that USB ports are now incorporated into some task lamps, especially as most of our outlets are overwhelmed with plugs and wires. This Focal LED Lamp has an easy-to-access USB port right at its base- no need to fuss around behind your computer or at your charging station for a free spot. Its head tilts left and right and spins 180 degrees on its post to focus its energy-efficient LEDs right where you want. Three levels of brightness give you more control over light intensity. There’s also a handy shallow dish at the base for small pocket items.
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Price: $195.00
Available from: DWR

Ile w153 Table Lamp by Wastberg

In love with a lamp… that should be a song title, shouldn’t it? The Ile w153 Table Lamp, designed by Inga Sempe, aims straight for our hearts, as it can be clamped to a ledge or tabletop, mounted on the wall, or set upon a flat surface. The shade moves smoothly, as it has a magnetic connection to the base. Now, the question is, just which color would be perfect for your bedside, reading chair, or desk? (Two grey/brown lamps are calling my name, I think.)
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Price: $235.00
Available from: Horne

Steel Drop Lamp by Pulpo

If you’re not to be trusted around delicate glass lamp shades, this Steel Drop Lamp is for you. The perforated steel light screen diffuses light for a soft glow while the opaque metal base gives a hefty, sculptural weight to any room. Place one on a sideboard, table, or on the floor for extra ambience. Available in two sizes and several appealing finishes.
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Price: $525.00 - 665.00
Available from: A+R Store

Eiko Task Lamp

Maybe this little guy will help you get back to work after the summer holiday. Its long, slender arm will hover over your workspace while the LED bulb will provide bright yet low-energy light. The powdercoated matte black finish keeps things simple and enhances the streamlined look.
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Price: $199.00
Available from: CB2

Fundamental Lamp

Stripes! It evokes a certain Memphis Group flavor, don’t you think? And, yes, you could probably make something similar if you had the tools (so, go ahead, make one). If you know you’re too lazy, then this little lamp by Brendan Timmins will set you back $160. A small price to pay for a cheery, striped light with a pink cord, don’t you think? More designs and colors are on Brendan Timmins’ site; contact him directly for those options.
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Price: $160.00
Available from: Sight Unseen

Mushroom Lamp

This cute little Mushroom Lamp hides an iPhone dock in its base. How handy is that? I’d say it would be perfect beside your bed or desk, as it gives you a place to charge your phone along with an ambient light for reading or working. Plus, it’s smart how you only see the docking station when you flip it over… when it is in its upright ‘lamp only’ position, the dock is hidden.
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Price: $69.00
Available from: Kickstarter

Paper Lamp

Here’s a nice lamp with a very affordable price tag. Inspired by origami, this lamp is constructed without any screws or glue. It’s held together simply by its interlocking structure. Using minimal materials allows for a simple beauty that is also environmentally friendly- no small feat in this day and age, don’t you think?
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Price: $119.00
Available from: Milk Design Shop

Capello Lamp

Let’s just get this straight: this lamp is $260*. Compared to the Love Letter Light (also by molo), which ran around the $400 mark, that’s a bargain. Now, consider its marble base, which is actually a byproduct from the base for the Arco floor lamp designed by the Castiglioni brothers. Next, the little paper cap (“cappello” in Italian) is attached to the steel wire with a simple magnetic connection, which allows you to slide and tilt it into any position. Do you remember that it costs $260*? Such a nice price for a lovely little lamp. And, if you like, you can remove the steel wire and paper cap to move the light to other places, say, a wine bottle or a small hole drilled into a wood surface. More shots below.
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Price: $160.00
Available from: molostore

Beau Pendant Light

David Trubridge is well known for his puzzle-like, open-weave light fixtures. With the new Beau Pendant, the same overlapping segment idea is used to direct light downwards, hiding the light source. The light is flat-packed, keeping with the company’s longstanding eco-conscious aim, and is available in a natural, caramel, or black stain.
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Price: $560.00 - 900.00
Available from: A+R Store

Cocentric Flush Dome

Prepare yourself, for this dome lighting fixture isn’t what most of us would call affordable. However, it is handcrafted on a lathe (take note of the perfect concentric grooves) and is available in several different American hardwoods. Plus, it can either be positioned on the wall or the ceiling, so you’re not locked in to just one location.
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Price: $900.00
Available from: Allied Maker

Nanoleaf LED Light Bulbs

Have you seen any of the Nanoleaf LED light bulbs yet? What about the Nanoleaf Smart Ivy? Most LED light bulbs are not attractive, and the Nanoleaf isn’t particularly pretty either. However, it is faceted (=dodecahedron) with tiny LED lights in the shape of a regular bulb, and that makes it interesting. There are different variations in size and color, plus the Smart version mentioned before, which you can control wirelessly via your device. Kinda fun, huh?
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Price: $24.99
Available from: Nanoleaf

Holmes Sconce

It doesn’t take much deductive reasoning to select this Holmes Sconce from Schoolhouse Electric as one of the better options in the marketplace. It might be inspired by the classic candle sconce in the days before electricity, but the minimalist lines in its steel backplate marks it firmly in the present. Make it your own by choosing a specialty bulb, and know that the smaller size would fit almost anywhere you need an extra source of light.
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Price: $89.00
Available from: Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co.

Boya Lamp

This little lamp takes its inspiration from the sea- think lighthouse beacons and buoys. At 8.5″ high and 7.5″ in diameter, it’s small enough to fit on a desk or large side table without taking up a lot of visual space, especially as there’s no traditional cloth lampshade. The base is made of reclaimed American red and white oak beams and the shade is thick, tinted grey glass.
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Price: $395.00
Available from: Environment

Ava Wall Sconce

No one wants to spend a load of money on a wall sconce, but when you combine a walnut backplate with a brass arm and a hand-sewn leather shade, it’s awfully hard to resist. Measuring in at the perfect size (17″ arm length), the Ava Wall Sconce would be an excellent companion to your bedside or favorite armchair. The half shade angles in various directions for a direct or indirect glow, and a simple on/off knob with a brown twisted cloth cord keeps the look humble.
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Price: $670.00
Available from: Lostine

Well Planter and Babylon Light

Question: How much do you want a light fixture that is also a planter? Answer: a) sort of a lot b) it’d be nice c) give it to me now. I’m wavering between a and b, because if plants were at eye level, I’d be less likely to forget to water them. You, however, would probably be ace at your plant care, and would therefore have a beautiful, thriving plant (or plants) to make a fantastic lighting statement. Designed by Ryan Taylor, of Object/Interface, the Well Planter and Babylon Light both feature space to plant greenery directly on the shade with an opaque diffuser to further soften the glow.
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Price: $345.00 - 550.00
Available from: Gessato