If you're looking to power your phone, provide some light, and preserve your modern decor at the same time, check out the Tunto PowerKiss Lamp (€1,050; roughly $1,400). Made from bent, ultrathin wood board, this unique lamp features PowerKiss wireless charging technology built into the base, touch-sensitive sensors for power and light intensity, and nine ultrathin LED lamps to provide plenty of light.
How long will the light bulbs in your favorite lamp last? One year? Two? How about thirty-seven? The Jake Dyson CSYS LED Task Light (£550; roughly $860) is designed to allow ultimate durability — thanks to advanced thermal management — and ultimate flexibility, thanks to a unique mounting system that lets you move the light source up or down and closer or farther away, guaranteeing that the light is right where you want it.
Looking to add an industrial touch to your home, office, or man cave? Start with Machine Shop Lighting ($650). Available in three styles, these handcrafted light fixtures are made using A36 raw steel that's been precision machined and fitted, with 3/8" thick Pyrex glass cones and stainless steel components. Order them online, or, if you're in the area, stop by the shop in Austin, TX.
Celebrate the golden age of film with this Hollywood Studio Floor Lamp ($1,850). Crafted from solid cast aluminum and steel, this reproduction of a '40s studio lamp features a ribbed glass cover, a stainless steel tripod stand that's height adjustable from 47 to 67 inches, and a mixture of powdercoat and polished aluminum finishes. Not included? A bulb.
Light up your home bar, lounge, or den with Kaws Light Bulbs ($65). Each set of three bulbs includes a red, purple, and green bulb, each with "xx" filaments inside for a nice warm low glow. Able to fit any standard incandescent fixture, these are one set of bulbs you won't want to cover up with a lampshade. [Thanks, Kyle]
Who said bulbs had to be boring? Inspired by a bird's decorative feather, or plume, Plumen Light Bulbs (£20; roughly $31) turn convention on its head by making the bulb something you'll actually want to look at, instead of something to hide behind a shade. The bulbs work like any other low-energy bulb, saving up to 80% on your energy bill while lasting eight times longer than a butt-ugly incandescent. Brilliant.
Make your lighting the centerpiece of the room, instead of just an afterthought, with the Produzione Privata Acquatinta Pendant Lamp ($700). This gorgeous but expensive pendant is made from mouth blown transparent green Murano glass, uses a 100W bulb, and comes with 59 inches of cable that can be shortened as needed. Great for areas where you're trying to mix modern, clean lines with older furniture.
Never get bored with your accent lighting with the 16 Million Color Lamp ($200). Powered by four LEDs — two red, one blue, and one green — this angled, translucent lamp is capable of outputting up to 16,277,216 different colors thanks to its 256 different hues, 256 levels of saturation, and 256 levels of brightness. It also includes a nifty color wheel remote control to let you pick just the right shade to suit your mood, which is probably a purplish haze if you're thinking of spending 200 bones on this guy.
Hailing from an era in which electric pendants were beginning to overtake their gas-based competition, these Authentic Cloth-Cord Pendants ($115-$180) are sure to add some turn-of-the-20th-century charm to your bar, kitchen, or living area. Each of the five available models includes a throwback carbon filament bulb, as well as a unique, high-quality shade/housing, and — obviously — either a twisted or straight cloth cord.
Short of actually bringing dead animal parts into your home, the Roost Aluminum Antler Lamp ($220) is one of the best ways we've seen to add natural, rustic flair to your environment. Able to handle bulbs up to 100 watts, the lamp sits atop a set of sand-cast recycled aluminum antlers, and is finished off with a shade made from either cherry or walnut real wood veneer.
Tired of waking up to a grating alarm buzzer? Give the Philips Wake-Up Light ($200) a try. This combination bedside lamp and iPod/iPhone dock gradually wakes you up using light for a more pleasant experience, and also features a built-in dock to let you awaken or just play your favorite music. When it's time to go to bed, the light works its magic in reverse, gradually dimming the light and sound until you've drifted off for the night. [Thanks, Omari]
Give your living area a taste of nautical flair with the Royal Master Sealight Floor Lamp ($1,525). This solid cast aluminum reproduction of a 19th-century British marine light features a telescopic tripod base, a machine-turned gear mechanism for moving the light head, an included 40W filament bulb for soft, glowing light, and timeless style.