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Table Lighting

Fata and Fatina Lamps by de Lucci

One of those why didn’t I think of that in the first place ideas. The lampshade and base are incorporated into one single piece of Murano blown glass, creating a lovely glow.

Large 19.7″h x 1.5″d, standard bulb up to 150w
Small 9.8″h x 5″d, standard bulb up to 60w
Imported from Italy
2-4 weeks delivery

Purchase Information:

Price: $400
Availability: Buy Fata and Fatina Lamps by de Lucci here

Isao Hosoe: Hebi Lamp

Did you know that ‘Hebi’ translates to ‘Snake’ in Japanese? This little lamp can twist in every direction, which allows you to shed light any which where you please- even the shade rotates. Created in 1970, this lamp is one of the many icons of 20th century design. It holds a rightful place in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Flexible metal tube covered in PVC.

Size: ca. 3.5″ Diameter lamp shade x 19.68″ long fully extended.

Purchase Information:

Price: $130.00
Availability: Buy Isao Hosoe: Hebi Lamp here

Glow Brick

Totally sustainable lighting. Leave it on your window sill all day and by nightfall you’ll have a nice glowing bulb to guide your way.

Purchase Information:

Price: $45.00
Availability: Buy Glow Brick here

Tube Lamp

This reminds me of something out of ‘Wierd Science’ (that’s a good thing I think).

From Uncommon Goods:
“With its Bakelite black box, toggle switch, mirror top, dimmer knob (a factory replacement for a Fender Telecaster guitar) and bulbs that evoke the vacuum tubes of high-end amplifiers, this lamp was designed as a tribute to high-end audio amplifiers. Illuminate your home with the minimalist design and retro style of this creation from scientist-turned-artist Nik Willmore.”

Made in New York City.
Uses nine standard 25W bulbs, included.

6.5″H x 7″W

Purchase Information:

Price: $195.00
Availability: Buy Tube Lamp here

Pablo Gloss Lamp

I saw this on TV the other day. I can’t remember what I was watching, but I love this lamp. It has a rotating head so you can focus or difuse light depending on your needs. What more do you need?

Clear cord set with white full range dimmer.

Purchase Information:

Price: $256
Availability: Buy Pablo Gloss Lamp here

Writer’s Block Lamp

This is something fun- it can function as a bookend or as an “enlightened” book within a row of books. Hand-polished.

Dimensions: 7.25″H x 5.3″W x 2″D
Materials: Clear Lexane

Purchase Information:

Price: $169.00
Availability: Buy Writer’s Block Lamp here

Fiore Flatlight

I really like the idea of stuff that arrives flat, and, within minutes, suddenly becomes a light. Made of PVC and steel, this light is pretty and nice and not-so-expensive for those of us watching our budget. Made in Sweden.

Designed by Dick Lundgren, 2002

Size: 14.75h x 7.5w x 7.5″ diam.

Purchase Information:

Price: $85.00
Availability: Buy Fiore Flatlight here

lunette lamp

This was designed as an affordable way to filter out the harsh light of a lone bulb. Attractive on one bulb, and even more so on several bulbs. This won an award in ID magazine.

Here they are en masse at Bergdorf Goodman.

Purchase Information:

Price: $25.00
Availability: Buy lunette lamp here

Globlow Lights

When you turn these on, they inflate to their shape as shown. When you turn them off, they sink “quietly to sleep”.

Materials: Rip-stop nylon, 12w fan.
Designers: Vesa Hinkola, Markus Nevalainen & Rane Vaskivuori

Floor Light: 70.1″H, 31.5″dia, available from or
Pole Light: 63″H, 25.6″dia
Hanging Light: 31.5″dia, available from
Wall Light: 25.6″dia

(Link and price updated January 24, 2011.)

Purchase Information:

Price: โ‚ฌ288.00-459.00
Availability: Buy Globlow Lights here

Acrylic Lamp

So, the neat thing about this is that it’s made out of acrylic and wood. And it’s pretty, but you already can see that.

Designer: Matt Gagnon

15″H x 6.5″W x 5″D

Purchase Information:

Price: $629.00
Availability: Buy Acrylic Lamp here


Mathmos has done it again. They’re pretty accomplished at creating interactive lighting, and this time they’ve made a lamp that can be dimmed or turned off completely with the wave of your hand.

“Turn Airswitch on or off by moving your hand horizontally above the lamp. Brighten Airswitch by raising your hand vertically, or dim by moving your hand down.”

(This item’s link and price was updated 05/05/10.)

Purchase Information:

Price: $99.00
Availability: Buy Airswitch1 here

Blister Plastic Lamp

Henk Stallinga designed this little lamp and I think it could make all sorts of statements, like, “I’m cheap but I sure am smart” or “I’m a lamp made from what looks like packaging plastic, isn’t that funny?”…

Made of PET G plastic and requires simple snap-together assembly.

(Bulb not included)
dimensions: 11″ high 9” diameter

Purchase Information:

Price: $68.00
Availability: Buy Blister Plastic Lamp here

Block Lamp

Glass block with a single bulb (included), for unique, modern-classic lighting. On-cord switch.
* Glass
* 6″L, 4″W, 4″H
* Imported

Purchase Information:

Price: $39.00
Availability: Buy Block Lamp here

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flared ceramic table lamp + shade

This is a nice lamp perfect for the bedside or desk or anywhere you need a spot of light. Not all the color shades are available, but the remaining ones (read: less popular ones) are on sale. Sometimes getting a bargain means you have to sacrifice.

Purchase Information:

Price: $59
Availability: Buy flared ceramic table lamp + shade here

Laviani Bourgie Table Lamp

I can’t help but love this lamp. It looks like crystal, but is made entirely in transparent polycarbonate-and, if that doesn’t do it for you, it can be assembled at three different heights: 27″, 29″ and 31″.

Also available in black(!).

Purchase Information:

Price: $287.00
Availability: Buy Laviani Bourgie Table Lamp here