Sun Jar by Tobias Wong

I’ve been following the work of Tobias Wong for sometime now. His ever present sense of humor makes for some interesting design ideas…his collaboration with Ju$t Another Rich Kid brought us 24k gold plated Bic pen caps, and McDonalds coffee stirrers “for the man who has absolutely everything.”

I recently discovered the Sun Jar, which isn’t available just yet, but may be something you’ll want to pre-order. At a mere $38, this old-fashioned glass jar contains a solar panel LED light system that will store the days sunlight and illuminate your space at night. It reminds me of catching fireflys as a child. We would poke holes in mason jars and have a little lantern powered by mother nature, that is, of course, until my mother would make me release them.

Sand-blased glass jar, 4″x4″x6″

Purchase Information:

Price: $44.00
Availability: Buy Sun Jar by Tobias Wong here

Fono by André Klauser and Ed Carpenter

The word ‘love’ is not strong enough to describe the way I feel about this lamp.

Table lamp made of rolled and powder-coated 1mm mild steel.
Available in light grey or magenta.

dia 13.2cm x H22cm

’60 watt’ Votives by Walteria Living

Flickering candlelight in the form of a lightbulb. Pretty clever.

“votives in the form of large globe 60 watt light bulbs made out of thin cast white porcelain – allowing the small candle within to emit a warm, glowing light.
each votive comes with a votive holder, made to hold the object at an angle, allowing the threaded bulb base to act as both a handle and a vent.”

Includes 2 votives and 2 holders.

6”w x 5”d x 5″h : base – 3.5”d

Purchase Information:

Price: $150.00
Availability: Buy ’60 watt’ Votives by Walteria Living here

Random Light

Hugely dramatic, light as a feather and distinctly Dutch, the Random Light (2002) by Bertjan Pot began as a modernist craft project of sorts. After attempts at knitting fiberglass as a means of creating structure, Pot turned to coiling epoxy-dipped fiberglass around a large balloon in varying patterns. Once the balloon was popped, the dramatic globe shape remained, becoming a buoyant pendant lamp for an entryway, dining room or lounge area. The light bulb is visible at the center of the globe, and when lit, creates an allover glow with minimal glare.

Bulb (not included): Incandescent 75W/120V/E26/A19.
Made in the Netherlands. UL listed for commercial use.

Purchase Information:

Price: $510.00
Availability: Buy Random Light here

Gun Lamp by Philippe Starck

Philippe Starck’s bedside gun lamp. Now all you need is Tobias Wong’s bullet proof duvet and you’ll be all set.
Gold-plated die-cast aluminum alloy (cast from actual guns, with some details removed), laminate paper and plastic shade, with dimmer

The Gun Lamp collection was introduced as prototype in the spring of 2005 at the Salone del Mobile in Milan and at Moss during ICFF. The prototype lamps were gold-leafed and signed by Starck. This gold-plated lamp is the production version.

16” high
8” diameter base

Purchase Information:

Price: $747.00
Availability: Buy Gun Lamp by Philippe Starck here

Four Arm Candleholder

Several of these scattered randomly about the center of a table would make an extremely nice centerpiece, or one on it’s own would make a nice, simple accent.

“Finely crafted from polished stainless steel, this four arm candleholder evokes 1970′s minimalist sculpture. Expertly balanced, it adds a striking modern note to any table or credenza.”

7″D x 11.5″H

(thanks erika for the link)

Purchase Information:

Price: $75.00
Availability: Buy Four Arm Candleholder here

ddr-52 porcelain lamp

The industrial feel to this lamp is disarming, you’d think it was any ‘ol lamp, but I suppose the fact it’s from Droog Design collection means we should like it more.

materials: Porcelain, metal.

Purchase Information:

Price: $180.00
Availability: Buy ddr-52 porcelain lamp here

Pinza Clip on Light

This is an odd little light, and I mean that in the nicest possible way. I like how it clips on to the edge and extends so far over the table surface without taking up any work space.

Purchase Information:

Price: $220.00
Availability: Buy Pinza Clip on Light here

Basket Saucer Suspension

I often joke that lighting is to a room as a hand bag is to a woman’s ensemble: the perfect finishing touch. So it doesn’t surprise me that i can remember 3 years back when the d-form lighting catalog first arrived in my mailbox; stunning only begins to describe these lamps and pendants. Founded in 2001 and based in Brooklyn, James Dieter and company hand assemble each lamp of die cut wood veneers in one of six breathtaking patterns.

My favorite is this Nelson-inspired Basket Saucer Suspension pendant. Available in aspen or birch veneer, each is custom made-to-order. A bit pricey, yes, but could you imagine anything more beautiful above your dining table?

Diffuser: Diameter 30 in., Height 11 in.
Downrod: Length 24 in.
Overall Length: 35 in.

Purchase Information:

Price: $1795.00
Availability: Buy Basket Saucer Suspension here

Cog Light

Add this to your list of very affordable lightsources. It’s always nice to find something that you could pay for without feeling the least bit guilty.

“Cog is a sophisticated pendant shade with a sleek and elegant appearance. All Blue Marmalade’s design ingenuity has gone into developing this shade so that it can be made from one single material, even the lamp holder is made from the same thin sheet plastic and it can still take bulbs up to 100W making it a bright spark.”

White Polypropylene

H 30 cm dia 23 cm

Purchase Information:

Price: $35.00
Availability: Buy Cog Light here

Sculp Lamp

Another version of this lamp with a price tag that’s not too painful.

Purchase Information:

Price: $148.00
Availability: Buy Sculp Lamp here

paramount table lamp

“Light touch. Just tap polished black nickel base once, twice, thrice to enlight, dim, go dark. Micro-rib white fiber cylinder shade.”
• Textured paper shade
• Steel base with shiny black nickel finish
• Touch dimmer base
• Requires a 60-watt bulb (not included)
• UL listed

Purchase Information:

Price: $49.95
Availability: Buy paramount table lamp here

Agave – Sphere Pendant

Check it out: it’s energy-efficient, on sale, and has different light filters so you can change the mood whenever it strikes you.

“As they experimented with lighting designs that used fluorescent bulbs, designers Rossi and Tedesco set out to create an energy-efficient fixture that was also technically and aesthetically sophisticated. The result is the modular Agave Lamp, a ribbed, radial structure made of acrylic and resembling the rosette of an agave plant. The Agave produces a light as clear as tequila (which comes from the plant) and optimizes light distribution, whether throughout a room or over a table top. Each model comes with three primary colored light filters, for a total of nine shades of light to let you customize the room’s hues according to mood or event.”

H 12″ Diameter 10″ Cord L 75″

Purchase Information:

Price: $461.00
Availability: Buy Agave – Sphere Pendant here

Castiglioni Splugen Brau (light)

Designed in 1964, this pendant lamp will be forever current because of the material and semi-classic shape…

“Pendant fixture providing direct light. Corrugated polished aluminum shade with highly polished spun aluminum reflector. Uses one 100W Silverbowl A-19 bulb. ”

Designer: Archille Castiglioni
Materials: Aluminum
Approx: 8″ H; 14.1″ DIA

Purchase Information:

Price: $376.00
Availability: Buy Castiglioni Splugen Brau (light) here

Buddha Lamp

“Lamp in the shape of the young buddha’s head.”

Dimensions: 8.25″ x 9″ x 14″H
Material: Polyethylene

Purchase Information:

Price: $99.00
Availability: Buy Buddha Lamp here