Daedalus Lamp by Tord Boontje

Quite similar to the
Icarus Light, the Daedalus utilizes the same overlapping feather shapes yet provides soft lighting for tabletops.

“Activate or dim this dramatic sculptural light with a gentle touch to the chrome base. Inspired by the Greek mythological inventor, Daedalus, the shade is made of a white mylar polyester with a base of satin-plated steel. Requires one 60-watt bulb (not included). Simple assembly required.”


Purchase Information:

Price: $165.00
Availability: Buy Daedalus Lamp by Tord Boontje here

Gus Design Group Vintage Swing Arm Lamp

I love how simple this lamp is. Hinge, arm, bulb and that’s it. No fuss.

The Vintage Swing Arm lamp is a simple light fixture that swings from a stainless steel wall mounted hinge. It can be operated from a footswitch and includes mounting hardware and a vintage inspired filament lightbulb.

50″W x 10″H

Purchase Information:

Price: $525.00
Availability: Buy Gus Design Group Vintage Swing Arm Lamp here

Directional Porcelain Lamp

This lamp looks lovely.

“This wonderful matte white hanging lamp captures a nice soft glow when lit. It measures 7″w x 4 1/4″d x 8 3/4″h. Lamps made from thin moded porcelain. Lamps come with a fifteen foot white cord sets that ends with a plug, not hard wired. Bulbs sold separately.”

7″w x 4 1/4″d x 8 3/4″h

Purchase Information:

Price: $98.00
Availability: Buy Directional Porcelain Lamp here

Translucent Bird Lamp

This lamp is really kind of strange: it’s pretty modern, yet the bird (to me) doesn’t quite make sense. To make things even more confusing, I think I like it more because of that.

“Light and airy enough to fit into traditional, classic style, yet this clear lamp reminds us of Philippe Starck’s modern Louis Ghost Chair. We love how the clear glass not only reveals its own light but also reflects its luminous surroundings.”

6.5″dia x 20.5″h

Purchase Information:

Price: $169.00
Availability: Buy Translucent Bird Lamp here

Galiano Slim Pendant Light

Again, the perfect fusion of nature and modern thinking, the Galiano Slim Pendant light is made from reclaimed Douglas Fir and a found twig.

3.75″ x 3.75″ x 12″ (plus branch, which varies)

13W CFL light bulb(= to 60W incandescent)

Purchase Information:

Price: $260
Availability: Buy Galiano Slim Pendant Light here

Carousel Candles

I love these. There’s the magical feel, of course, but also they look so delicate as to be a rather special find. Click on the ‘buy it here’ link in order to see them in action.

“Our products are powered by the very candle. Using the heat from the candle it powers a rotary carousel to spin clockwise or anticlockwise. Carousel Candle is reuseable and brings a magic to any room in which it is used.”

[posted by katie]

More information:

View Carousel Candles here

Filo Square Pendant and Sconce

This feather like paper pendant and sconce look like they would add a good amount of soft light. I think it would look stellar to do three pendants in row above a dining table.

“Filo paper and a brushed nickel shade. This wispy lighting piece is more like illuminated art and will give any room a new approach to lighting.”

16″h x 7″w pendant.
Includes 50 watt MR16 halogen bulb.

Purchase Information:

Price: $265.00
Availability: Buy Filo Square Pendant and Sconce here

Abaca Pendant

These woven Abaca light spheres can be either plugged in or hardwired with the conversion kit. Uses 60W bulb (not included).

small: 9.25″diam

medium: 13.25″diam

large: 16.5″diam

[posted by kris]

Purchase Information:

Price: $79.00-$129.00
Availability: Buy Abaca Pendant here

Crochet Pendant Lamps

These pendant lamps seem to be a good deal- they have an interesting texture and they don’t cost an arm and a leg.

“Crisp geometry meets loopy crochet in our three cotton pendant lights. Painstakingly crocheted by hand, the basket forms are dipped in a starch solution to preserve their shapes. Emits a warm and romantic glow. Three unique shapes to choose from. Choose from tepee, cone, or dome. Tepee measures 16″ in diameter x 28″H. Cone and dome each measure 24″ in diameter x 17″H. Ships in 2-4 weeks.”

[posted by katie]

Purchase Information:

Price: $206.00
Availability: Buy Crochet Pendant Lamps here

Orchadia Light by Mark McKenna

This looks amazing. I love the delicate frames with the tiny lights suspended within- it must be beautiful to watch it spin slowly around…

-Made from a Printed Circuit Board, tiny, honey-colored lights float within a robotically animated
-incandescent bulbs
-19.75″ x 47.25″ overall size,
-7m cord length

Purchase Information:

Price: $479.00
Availability: Buy Orchadia Light by Mark McKenna here

KULLA Table lamp

Here’s a great new desk lamp from Ikea. It’s large in scale and looks great in person. It has a built-in three-way touch dimmer on the lamp which operates as the switch. Diffuser on top of lamp provides a glare-free light.

Diameter: 16 ”

Height: 22 ”

Cord length: 6 ‘ 7 “

[posted by kris]

Purchase Information:

Price: $49.99
Availability: Buy KULLA Table lamp here

Reveal Lamp by Adam Frank

Living in an vast expanse of concrete? Don’t have enough windows or trees? This lamp creates the effect of moving branches on a tree outside a window.

“As air currents pass through the projector, the branches of the projected tree appear to sway in a gentle, morning breeze. An ideal solution for small, urban spaces, and rooms that could use a “view”.”

Approx. 8″W x 6″L x 8″H

(This item’s link and price was updated 11/19/09.)

Purchase Information:

Price: $389.00
Availability: Buy Reveal Lamp by Adam Frank here

Tonka Lamp

Here’s a cool little table (or floor) lamp. I like how the silver laminate and the exposed edges play with the traditional idea of a lamp silhouette.

“The crisp, clean lines of the Tonka lamp bring an elegant simplicity to your contemporary decor. Available as a table or floor lamp, it is an ideal choice for your bedside or your favorite corner.”

Laminated multiplex

small: 4.75″W x 7″L x 19.75″H
large: 6.25″W x 9.5″L x 47.25″H

Purchase Information:

Price: $665.00-1179.00
Availability: Buy Tonka Lamp here

Standing Blue Lamp by Isamu Noguchi, 1952

Noguchi is well known for his lighting designs, and this one is certainly considered a classic.

“Akari Light Sculptures by Isamu Noguchi are considered icons of 1950s modern design. Designed by Noguchi beginning in 1951 and handmade for over half a century by the original manufacturer in Gifu, Japan, the paper lanterns are a harmonious blend of Japanese handcraft and modernist form. Created from handmade washi paper and bamboo ribbing, and supported by a metal frame.”

27h x 18″d

Note: MoMA Store no longer carries this particular lamp, but you might check out the Noguchi Museum Shop for other lamps.

Purchase Information:

No longer available.

Stuart Haygarth Lighting

I think I first learned of Stuart Haygarth from Mocoloco when they did a post on his Tide Chandelier. After seeing it I wanted to start collecting colorful garbage to make something similar, but, of course, that idea got lost by the wayside.

Anyway, if you haven’t seen or heard of his work yet, I strongly encourage you to take a look. He uses collections of objects to create beautiful chandeliers- his quote will summarize his projects better than I ever could:

“The objects are normally collected in large quantities categorized and assembled in a way that transforms their meaning. My work is about giving banal and overlooked objects a new significance. The finished piece of work takes various forms such as chandeliers, installations, functional and sculptural objects.”

Prices range from 2,500 GBP to 12,000 GBP.