Celebrate your youth with this Gold Toy Lamp ($7,780) by Ryan McElhinney. Hand crafted at McElhinney's London studio, the lamp is made from recycled toys which are bonded together, and then coated in a high-gloss polyurethane lacquer. Made to order, the lamp requires six weeks of lead time. It's worth the wait.
If you live in a brownout-prone area, or if you're just gearing up for the apocalypse, Energizer's new Light On Demand ($TBA) line will keep your home lit with or without power. The line, which features a desk lamp, nightlights, a cordless motion light, and a cordless wall sconce, is designed to provide normal lighting throughout the day and emergency lighting when the power is off. Each model is powered by a removable LED light stick, which is equipped with internal, rechargeable batteries and can be detached to serve as an area light/flashlight when the power goes out.
Despite all the books on enlightenment, only this one can actually provide light. The Enlightenment Book Lamp ($130) is a book-shaped lamp made from white plexiglass, lit with a 9-watt energy-saving lamp, and with the words "The Enlightenment" on the binding and front cover. Plus, ten percent of the proceeds goes to fund education projects run by the Edukans Foundation. Now that's enlightenment. [via]
One of our favorite lamps is getting a color update. The Amber Block Lamp ($160; May 2008) is a new version of Harri Koskinen's Block Lamp, featuring amber-colored glass that has not been sand-blasted, along with a matching brown textile cord. The lamp gives off ambient light by using a low-wattage bulb encased between two pieces of solid glass, and has been featured in museums worldwide.
Add some flash and color to your next get together with this Multi-color LED Lightbulb w/Remote ($50). Compatible with standard lightbulb sockets, the 5 watt LED bulb is super bright, and with the included remote can be set to any of 16 specific colors, or can be set to transition through them using one of four effects: flash, strobe, fade, or smooth. The remote also lets you turn the LED on and off and adjust the brightness level, so you get just the right amount of the color you want.
Turn any wall in your home into an organic backdrop with the 2nd Shadow Lamp ($170). Designed by Tord Boontje, the lamp features natural images of leaves, vines, and blooms painted on a Mylar interior, which is projected by the interior lamp through stretched gauze filters to create soft, inviting, and intricate patterns on your walls. Available in a subtle cream hue (Morning Garden) or a vibrant green (Spring Garden), it's an easy, stylish way to help decorate your dwelling.
Science meets home decor in the Airswitch 1 Lamp ($85). Designed to look like a laboratory flask, the lamp lets users move their hand over the top to turn the light on and off, and raising or lowering of the hand lets you adjust the brightness, from very dim to mighty bright. In case you forget, the instructions are printed on one side in iconographic form. Air switch, indeed.
Using a Smart Clapper to control your lighting is like using a rock to control your computer. If you want superior control over your lighting, check out the Lutron Maestro IR Dimmer w/Remote ($38). This in-wall wonder lets you customize all sorts of settings, including a delayed fade so you can leave the room before the lights go out, and is compatible with most learning remotes, meaning it'll easily integrate into your home theater setup.
We love adjustable lighting, but it's not often you find it in such a nice-looking package. The Cubix Lamp ($75) is a 10.6-inch tall lamp that has wooden frames, which function as both the frame of the lamp and as lampshades, that are connected along one axis, allowing you to position them individually to suit your lighting needs, mood, and decor.
Taking the traditional pop-up book to a whole new level, the Book of Lights ($95; pre-order) is a linen-bound book with a functional, pop-up lamp inside. Available with a traditional Lampshade or Parisian Streetlamp inside, this is one book that's guaranteed to be illuminating.
In one of the more original ideas we've heard in a while, Greenlight Concepts takes reclaimed lenses from upgraded traffic lights and creates awesome lighting fixtures out of them. We're loving this Stoplight Pendant Lamp ($240), which features an 8-inch lens and an anodized aluminum lamp housing. Of course, yellow and green lamps are also available.
With 15 different styles available, you're sure to find an Inhabit lamp to match your indoor landscape. The company's boxy Builtby Lamp ($170-$232) comes in a variety of color schemes, with unique names like Chump Change, Even Steven, Mack Daddy, Road Dog, and Shoot The Breeze.