Lighting

Crystal Bulb

What to do with a boring pendant light? Why, upgrade the bulb to crystal, of course. Lee Broom recently unveiled his cut-lead crystal bulbs this year in Milan; each one is individually hand blown by Cumbria Crystal, the last producer of handmade English full lead crystal. The bulb fits any standard E27 fitting, and is available to purchase alone ($175) or with a brushed brass pendant ($275).

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Purchase Information:

Price: $175.00
Available from: A+R Store

Channel Task and Reading Lamp

How about some lighting from Rich Brilliant Willing for this Wednesday afternoon? The Channel lamps are fit for many a modern interior, thanks to their minimal silhouette and material mix. High efficiency LEDs are set up in a linear configuration and housed in an aluminum channel (clue as to where the lamps get their names); add a vertical wood dowel and a circular metal base and, ta-da, you have your minimal light source that’s perfect for a desktop or reading chair, depending on the version you choose.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $575.00 - 750.00
Available from: RichBrilliantWilling.com

Cord Chandelier

Do you want a large chandelier? Are you looking to spend around $2,000? If you are nodding your head to both of those questions, please do take a look at this Cord Chandelier from Brendan Ravenhill. It’s a tensegrity structure (full definition here), which, in this case, roughly means the constant tension of the arms and electrical wires allow for the radiating design. Custom sizing is also available, with a lead time of 3-4 weeks. Also, if you like the design, but are in the market for a smaller swing arm lamp, check out the Cord Lamp, with the much more affordable price tag of $220.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $2,000.00
Available from: Brendan Ravenhill

Shayk Pendant Light

Say what you will about synthetic paper, but don’t knock its affordability in the lighting department. Designer Amanda Betz was inspired by the Sheikh Lutf Allah Mosque in Isfahan, Iran, and, as you can see, she created a honeycomb-like pattern to mimic the design on the mosque’s dome. Be sure to take a look at the shadows cast by this light, for you’ll not be short on ambience if you get one. The description states that you can adjust the shape of the Shayk light with your hands, so there could be a little wiggle room if you want it to be less/more of an oblong sphere.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $105.00
Available from: YLiving

Les Perles Candlestick

It’s like building blocks, except dangerous (does it not look like an ice pick without the beads?) if one’s temper is out of sorts. The wooden beads are removable, which gives you a chance to reconfigure the design as you wish. Right now the Les Perles Candlesticks are a little less with DWR’s Dining Sale, fyi.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $51.00 - 63.75
Available from: DWR

Pilot Lamp

Just the word ‘sconce‘ brings to mind older, more traditional interiors, but this lamp from Misewell definitely belongs to the more modern day home. With a mid-sized proportion, the lamp is a great choice for bedside or hallway, or even paired up on either side of a large mirror.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $240.00
Available from: Misewell

Fin Table Light

Goodness. Who knew the inner workings of a lamp could look as good as this? Nice job yet again, Mr. Dixon. An ode to engineering, the Fin Light exposes the components usually hidden from view. What you’d think was merely a design feature is its heat sink (which if you have no idea what that is, here’s a link to images of lamp heat sinks). That and the giant acrylic lens and 6 LEDs result in a design that is self-contained yet visually exposed.

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Purchase Information:

Price: £329.17
Available from: Nest

Flat Life Lamp and Clock

Another version of this Flat Life Lamp was available a couple of years ago (see 2010 post), but this Anglepoise-like image is a tad more sophisticated. Be sure to check out the Flat Life Clock (shown below) as well (how much do you wish it had an actual alarm function?).
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Purchase Information:

Price: $150.00
Available from: Areaware

Lightbook

Shine some light on your books with this small portable lamp. It slides under books (or rests on top) to provide a diffused light right where you need it. I’d say it’s a tad too small for a proper task light, as you may note when checking the dimensions. Instead, consider it specifically for those dark bookshelves instead.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $175.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Leti Table Lamp

Here’s another price increase: back in 2010, the Leti Lamp was $369 for the small 12.5″h size, and now it’s $500. That’s a score for the ‘don’t procrastinate’ camp. For those of you in the ‘save until you can afford’ camp, you’ll be saving a little longer for this all in one eco-sustainable desk lamp and bookend.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $500.00 - 760.00
Available from: Hive Modern

What is it?

Now, for another game of ‘What is it?’ Do you know? Can you guess? Hint: it is not a torture device, nor a strange sort of holder for a beverage. It was designed by Carl Mertens, who has designed all manner of steel accessories, and measures approximately 5 x 3 inches. Do you know now? Answer below.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $32.00
Available from: Cooper-Hewitt Shop

DIY Table Lamp by Dino Sanchez

Check it. This do-it-yourself DS Kit 02 table lamp by Dino Sanchez can be assembled in less than 10 minutes with a phillips screw driver (if you’re super handy, I’m sure you can knock that time down to 5-7 minutes). All the components are included- even the lightbulb. There’s also a wall version, DS Kit 01 ($75), fyi.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $75.00
Available from: The VITRINE

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. Using less materials in a simple structure allows for a simple beauty that is also environmentally friendly.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $119.00
Available from: Milk Design Shop

Grand and Petit Trianon Lamps

These aren’t new, but they are affordable and pretty lovely for the price- definitely worth keeping in mind if you need something eye catching that doesn’t break the bank. Designed by Paula Arntzen and named after the palace of King Louis XIV. Post-consumer coated Tyvek makes for a lightweight material and allows a soft glow through the folded slits.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $99.00 - 150.00
Available from: YLiving

Hang On Easy Diffuser

You’ve no excuse for bare bulbs, especially after being reminded that Droog has this shade. In a few seconds, cover your bare bulb with the Hang On Easy Diffuser and then step back and bask in the soft glow of your lovely new light source. This was one of the earlier posts (c. 2006?) here on BLTD, and it’s nice to see that it remains such an easy and elegant solution.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $134.00
Available from: Emmo Home