For as long as it's been around, people have tried to cover the light bulb up with shades. No more, thanks to the LampLamp ($28). This 30-watt bulb will fit in most sockets, providing an interesting conversation piece as it appears to be glued in place at first glance, with the connector sticking out. This is one bulb you won't want to leave hidden behind a shade.
The Blow Table Lamp ($1,363) by Studio Italia Design is a dramatic low-voltage lamp set in a chrome and brushed aluminum finish encased in an outer, clear-crystal globe. If this isn't enough of a conversation starter then you can get party guests interested by using an included decorative magnet to control the direction of the lamp by placing the magnet on any part of the globe so the light will follow.
Most wall-mounted lighting is rather subdued — you know, the kind of ceiling-aimed lamps you find at the movies. Not this lamp. The Lite Source Technic Wall Lamp ($50) features a fully-adjustable spot light that looks as industrial as it sounds. The 35-watt light provides terrific direct lighting, and the industrial design will add a touch of flair to any wall it's mounted on.