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Table Lighting

Dandelight by Studio Drift

This is another wonderful sort of object we featured years ago (2008) and now deserves an update. Lonneke Gordijn of Studio Drift first started gluing dandelion seeds to LEDs a decade ago, and I think it’s now safe to say that the Dandelight is now somewhat of a design classic, made all the more certain by the MoMA Store offering it up for sale. Plus, right now, MoMA is offering free shipping and guaranteed holiday delivery(!).
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Purchase Information:

Price: $140.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Mini Lumio+

Fun! The Lumio is now available in a mini version, thus creating an excellent gift idea for absolutely everyone on your list. Don’t believe me? Well, the Lumio is a small, portable, rechargeable light that folds up into the size of a book. In the Mini’s case, it’s a compact pocket size (think wallet dimensions), which makes it perfect for transport/travel. Oh, and it also can charge your smart phone. Bam! As I said, an excellent gift.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $125.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Noguchi’s Light Sculptures

This is just a reminder, if you’ve forgotten, that Isamu Noguchi’s table light sculptures are very affordable. Case in point, the Table Lamp Model 1AG you see above, comes in at $145. My other favorite, the Floor Lamp Model UF3-Q, isn’t so incredibly affordable ($525), but it’s still worth considering as a collector’s item that provides a wonderful, diffused light.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $75.00+
Available from: The Noguchi Museum

Yupik Light

You probably can’t tell from the photo above, but this Yupik Light is made from polypropylene foam. That makes it very sturdy and extremely light. And did you notice the clear polycarbonate diffuser? It looks a little like a car headlight, doesn’t it? Set it on its side on a table, place it on the ground facing upwards, or hang it from the ceiling using the included hook. It’s an affordable light with many possible uses all over your home.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $254.15
Available from: Lumens

Hamill Lamp

Looking a little like an ancient artifact, the Hamill Lamp consists of a hammered brass shade, a blackened steel base, and the necessary socket, bulb, and cloth cord. There’s nothing complicated about it, yet the materials will add an extra layer of warmth- and maybe a dash of historical relevance- to an interior. There’s a sconce as well.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $275.00
Available from: Jayson Home

The Butler

Say hello to the Butler, a curved brass lamp with a hand turned oak tray. Clamp it on to a tabletop or shelf for an ideal spot to keep necessities- perhaps your keys, wallet or phone? It always helps to have just one area for important things; set it down in the same place every time and it’ll be there when you go to get it (if you don’t live with anyone else).
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Purchase Information:

Price: $495.43
Available from: Studio 19

Rayleigh Table Lamp

This lamp is crazy pretty. Turn it on, and you see a spectrum of neon hues refracted by several prisms. Turn it off, and you have a sculptural piece that quietly shimmers as light moves around it. Made from optical grade dichroic glass and a 3W LED bulb (bonus: energy savings).
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Purchase Information:

Price: $1,600.00
Available from: ABC Home

Peek LED Table Lamp

The Peek LED Table Lamp is a cute little thing, isn’t it? It swivels 360° around its heavy metal base and has an adjustable shade for the right diffused-yet-direct light. Simply touch the tip of the stem to dim the light to your preferred brightness. Look closer and you’ll see that the base has a concave top that can hold smaller items like paperclips, jewelry, and coins. Could it be the perfect companion to your desktop or bedside table? I’d say so.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $349.95
Available from: YLighting

V-LITE Lamp

Clever! This V-LITE Lamp doubles as a wall sconce- just hang it up by its foot/feet when you need more space on your nightstand or desk. The perforated metal shade gives off a wonderful pattern on the wall, as you can see, and is adjustable to get light right where you need it. Should we be surprised that this is a Commune and Atelier de Troupe collaboration? Nope, it’s too good to not have had several brains involved.
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Price: $365.00
Available from: Commune

Kangaroo Light

Uh, who doesn’t want a flexible, portable, interactive light? Because you might want to check out the Kangaroo Light before professing that your lighting needs are fulfilled. Control it wirelessly with your device via the app, and play around with moods and sound sensitivities and light alarms. Pretty fun, right? It could be a good nightlight for little ones, or even soft lighting for outdoor activities like camping.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $108.00 - 120.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Helios Table Lamp

Workstead is fast becoming a favorite lighting source, which is no surprise when you consider their array of fixtures with adjustable orientation. The Helios Table Lamp, a newer design, has a large brass dish positioned opposite a single light source. This brass dish partially obscures and reflects the light, echoing the movement of larger celestial bodies and their occasional eclipses. Choose from three varieties of stone for the base, including Carrara, Green Marble and Travertine.
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Price: $1,350.00
Available from: Horne

Concrete Lamp by Menu

Here’s another smallish lamp, and this one is a charmer. A round concrete base holds an oversize glass light bulb with a little brass button to control brightness. That touch of brass keeps the design dressed up- think of it like a hint of expensive jewelry on an otherwise utilitarian outfit. A friend of mine who has one talked about it with reverence, and, as this friend knows good design and quality, it’s a safe bet you won’t regret adding it to your abode for the right sort of ambient light.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $174.95
Available from: Gessato

Picia Table Lamp

Cute, right? The Picia Table Light is a smaller sort of lamp, you know, the kind you would tuck into a corner of a small writing desk or nightstand. With a soft, natural cork base and a clear blue glass shade it will easily make friends with its surroundings. The shade measures in at 16cm diameter (that’s 6.3 inches) and the height is 23cm (9 inches)- be sure to take your measuring tape out so you’re not surprised how small (and cute) this lamp will be in your home.
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Purchase Information:

Price: €141.13
Available from: Enrico Zanolla Design Studio

Dalu Table Lamp

The diminutive Dalu Table Lamp won’t be the biggest light in the house, and that is exactly its charm. It’s just over 10 inches tall, so it’s perfect for beside the bed or tucked into a dark corner for just a bit of illumination. You might recognize a sixties era sort of vibe, and you’d be spot on, as this is a re-edition of the original designed in (drumroll) the sixties. Molded thermoplastic resin gives the Dalu its shape; choose from black or white.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $125.00
Available from: YLighting

Upcycled T-Shirt Lampshade Kit

Yes, the Bowie image makes this Upcycled T-Shirt Lampshade Kit way more appealing than it probably is, but you could possibly have some fun with this, especially if you have a t-shirt that you never wear but refuse to donate. Or, might this might be a great project for a favorite kid during these long summer days? Just make sure they use their own t-shirts instead of your prized concert relics. What’s included in the kit? Adhesive, 12″ diam. top and bottom lampshade rings, molding stick, binder clips, lampshade glue, and an instruction booklet. Your favorite t-shirt = lampshade. That’s the idea, anyways. Good luck.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $35.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods