Table Lighting

Noguchi Akari Lights

Paper lights are everywhere in today’s marketplace (for example, IKEA’s VÄTE Table lamp), yet there’s still something entirely special about the original designs of Isamu Noguchi. Icons of mid century design, each Akari lamp is handmade from washi paper and bamboo ribbing by the original manufacturer in Gifu, Japan. In the words of Noguchi, “the harshness of electricity is thus transformed, as if by magic, into the light of our origins – sunlight – so that it’s warmth can carry on filling our rooms after dark.”
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My New Flame

An LED ‘candle’ that never burns down sounds pretty fantastic, even if the price point is way beyond what most of us would want to spend. A black or red circuit board has 128 tiny LEDs on each side that renders the image of a flickering candle flame. A warm color temperature makes the flame look quite realistic despite the obvious circuitry, thus creating a nice tension between traditional lighting and recent technology. What a nice night light this would be…
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Price: $490.00
Available from: Unica Home

Demi Lamp

This little guy is on sale, so snap it up if you thought or said ‘Ooooo’ with appreciation when seeing its delightful inner tube illumination. Mouth-blown glass reflects and disperses the light from the array of LEDs to create a warm ambience, making it a perfect choice for a room that needs a little extra, shall we say, je ne sais quoi.

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Price: $295.20 - 343.20
Available from: YLiving

Pixo LED Table Lamp

Remember this little guy? The Pixo lamp incorporates a USB port in its base, which means more convenience when charging our mobile devices. However many times you’ve reached behind your sofa/bed/table/desk to pick up a charging cable, you know it’s been too many.

There are other impressive things about this lamp (360 degree rotating head, three-axis articulating stem, uses just five watts thanks to low-energy LEDs, etc.) but all we’re going to appreciate right now is the USB port (Hat tip to designers Pablo and Fernando Pardo for this small yet significant detail), and the new color options of yellow and blue.

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Price: $199.00
Available from: 2modern

Glint Lamp

A portable light with magnetic points? Do go on. Depending on where you place the lamp, the light will change, and as there are various surfaces on the metal bookstand/shelf, you’ll have fun messing around with different vantage points. Right now this lamp is available for sale by emailing Galula Studio directly: store(at)galulastudio.com.
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Price: €123,00
Available from: Galula Studio

DS Kit 03

How about a little DIY lighting? Dino Sanchez has added a new (and affordable) table lamp to brighten up any small, dreary spot. All the pieces are included, so just add your own elbow grease and in no time at all you’ll have your lamp assembled. (Available for pre-order; it will begin shipping 03/25/2013.)
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Price: $75.00
Available from: Dino Sanchez

RestartMilano Lamps

I hesitate to use the word ‘dainty’ to describe these lamps from RestartMilano, mostly because it brings to mind doilies and frail flowers. With their sleek swivel arms and warm brass finish, these lamps are just the opposite, yet the thin silhouette allows for a light (as in, not heavy) touch in any interior, allowing other elements to take center stage. Three versions available: Long Wall Lamp, Short Wall Lamp, and Table Lamp.

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Price: $550.00 and up
Available from: Merchant No. 4

Doll Lamp

Inspired by the shape of the traditional Japanese ‘Kokeshi Doll‘, this small lamp combines “feminine sensitivity and Foscarini’s technological design research capabilities.” Let’s also say that it’ll be your little lamp friend, shedding light on those dark, lonely nights. The blown glass ‘head’ emits a warm, diffused light while the plastic body allows for several color options. And, as the size comes in at just 8.5″ high and 6.5″ diameter, it can tuck into smaller spots quite well.
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Price: $314.00
Available from: Hive

Scaffolding Floor and Table Lamp

Update: Do you happen to remember the Scaffolding Lamps by Rodger Stevens? Well, check out the current sale prices: Scaffolding Floor Lamp $499.99, Scaffolding Table Lamp $299.99. Quite a discount from the previously listed prices in ’09 (below).

How absolutely wonderful are these lamps by Rodger Stevens? I’ll tell you how wonderful they are: they’re the sort of lamps you’d buy without thinking about how you can’t afford them because they are freaking amazing, that’s how.
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Price: $299.00
Available from: Green Depot

Cage Lamps

The Cage lighting collection designed by Arik Levy for Forestier combines the industrial aspect of protective cage light fixtures with traditional paper lanterns (a more obvious iteration is found in the In & Out Lamp small and large). This opposites-attract formula results in a successful pairing that is surprisingly elegant, and as a result this collection has moved to the top of the wish-this-was-available-statside list.
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Price: €217,50
Available from: Wannekes

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

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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Price: £329.17
Available from: Nest

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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Price: $500.00 - 760.00
Available from: Hive Modern

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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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