Table Lighting

book of lights by takeshi ishiguro for artecnica

This book has a surprise inside. Open it up to find a pop-up lamp that gives off a warming glow.

“a wonderfully crafted and cleverly folded lamp springs to life from the hardy white pages of the bound book, powered by a simple low voltage adapter. finally a coffee table book that you’ll actually open.”

closed: 11”w x 12.75”h x 2.25”d
opened: 11”w x 27.75”h x 11.5”d

made from paper and fabric

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Price: $86.00
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On/Off Lamp

Easy to turn on/off and almost indestructable, this lamp is bound to pay for itself with just a few uses. No more worrying about knocking the light over in the dark while searching for that switch…

“This lamp can be switched on or off with a simple wave of the hand and is constructed from a thermoplastic material that makes it nearly impossible to break, creating the perfect table lamp for a young environment. It also features a green LED light that indicates its whereabouts in the dark.”

7h x 6w x 5.25″l

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Price: $130.00
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Join Table Lamp by Vibia

At almost 9 inches high, this relatively small lamp has to be seen in context to be appreciated. The glass base allows the impression of hovering above the table surface which gives a very clean and modern look to a bedroom or living area.

“The pure form of the Join Table Lamp by Vibia, designed by Jordi Vilardell, features a soft cloud of light suspended from inside a Clear borosilicate glass cylinder.”

Diameter 6 in., Height 8.75 in.

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Price: $394.00
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Cecilie Manz: Mondrian Table Lamp

Not only is this nicely modern, it’s also super efficient with halogen bulbs and built-in reflectors to provide an adjustable direct light.

“Mondrian is constructed of steel bar and pipe, and moulded parts. To prevent glare, the lamp housing is moulded with a collar around the light source. The translucent ring in moulded acrylic insulates the heat from the outermost section of the lamp head. The ring lights up when the lamp is on, and indicates how to adjust the light. Mondrian’s light can be directed 180 degrees horizontally and 335 degrees vertically.”

white lacquered metal.

Size: 17.5″h x 13″w

Purchase Information:

Price: $295.00
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This price is just right for a lamp chock-full of character.

“This fantastic lamp is great for a nook, side table or child’s room. It features a lampshade with photographic art depicting a colorful slice of Brooklyn’s urban environment atop a sturdy ceramic base. Includes 25W bulb and cord set.”

Designer: Re-Surface, Brooklyn

10″ high

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Price: $76
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Love Letter Light

This leans more towards art than light source as far as category, but it’s really beautiful- both in concept and in form.

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No longer available.

Big Blimp

The Mathmos LED lights are so cool and would be perfect for washing a room in color. This one is 8″ across and can be used on a table top or wall mounted. It cycles through the color spectrum and if you find one you like, you can press the light to make it stay there. It would also be great for a kids room.

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Price: $69.00
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Aura Table Lamp

It’s slightly hard to tell exactly what’s happening with this lamp, and I suppose that’s part of the appeal…

“Making a modern design statement whether on or off, Aura features a polycarbonate shell and uses a full-range dimmer to create the perfect level of brightness. By Pablo Pardo.”

12″ round 24″h

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Price: $250.00
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Birzi Table Lamp

It’s not often that a lamp is designed to be mistreated, but this Birzi lamp from LucePlan is made from pressed silicone, which bends to a few different shapes whichever way you’d like.

measures 5″ diamater (base); 6″ diameter (top); 10″ height

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Price: $84.00
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Graphic Lightcube

The amount of light emitted depends upon how much the lid is opened. This would make a perfect gift for any of your design/gadget lover friends.

Literally a ‘light box’, Franco Bettonica and Mario Melocchi’s compact Cuboluce allows the level and angle of light emitted to be adjusted simply by varying the degree to which its lid is opened. Made from technopolymers, it takes one 40w E14 R50 bulb (not included). Also available in white or red.

W4 x D4 x H4.25 in

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Price: $175.00
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Erich Ginder Wilderness Lamp

Stunning new lamp by Erich Ginder.

Handmade cast resin base in black or white. Cherry veneer shade in black or white lined with marbled paper.

24 H 15 W, Features on cord dimmer switch and three 40w candelabra bulbs.

Purchase Information:

Price: $1,024
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San Marco Table Lamp

So maybe this is still a little high for a lamp, even though it’s almost half off, but I think it’s different enough to warrant the extra cash. Plus, it’s imported, so that unfortunately affects the overall price.

“The San Marco is a sleek and low profile desk lamp. Fluorescent lamps are housed in the top extrusion of the four sided frame. It is available in three sizes and two metal finishes: matte aluminum or gun metal. On/off switch on body.”

15″W X 10.5″H X 2″D.

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Price: $804.00
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Designed in 1960, these are constructed in a similar fashion to the Nelson lights, but I think I like these better because they aren’t so iconic.

Available in your choice of two sizes.
Gatto; 22″ h | 13.8″ w | 60w max
Gatto piccolo; 11.8″ h | 7.5″ w | 60w max

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Price: $316.00
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sven light by sven adolph for lucesco

“designed by sven adolph for lucesco, the sven light is made of spun aluminum and utilizes 24 LEDs shining down and 16 LEDs shining up, providing direct and indirect lighting. the separation of the shade brings to mind earlier examples of lighting from scandinavia. interior of shade is painted white. limited stock available in december in black or white. red TBD delivery. 10″ dia. x 14″h”

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Price: $475
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Remake Light Classic

This particular set of lights can be reconfigured at any time you see fit. Floor lamp, furniture, whatever you can think of…

“Use these bricks of light to build simple or complex forms in monochrome or multicolor light. A unique rotating plug system allows the modules to connect wirelessly to one another vertically or horizontally.
Each light comes with four reconfiguarable modules of the same color, and one cord, which can power up to 12 modules. Additional sets of four modules of one color are available separately.”

Materials: Light Diffusing Plastic, Xenon Bulb.

Colors Available: White, Red, Orange, Pink, Black, Grey

6.75″ x 6.75″ x 9.5″

Purchase Information:

Price: $299.00
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