Most desk lamps suck for throwing across the room. They just shatter or break apart. This all-recycled steel, articulating arm lamp from Ajusco on the other hand, would make a great projectile. Its heavy, solid steel machine gear base will dent, damage or destroy anything it hits. Sometimes you need that.
Time goes forward. Design however, seems to be stuck in reverse. But look back over your shoulder and you’ll recognize the power of classic craftsmanship. The Ion Lamp, with its triple-coil Edison bulb, porcelain base, and twisted cloth power cord is about as retro as you can get without a time machine.
Only an aviation buff would know (or care) that this lamp is made using a vintage retention nut and piston off of a Cessna 182 Skylane airplane propeller. The rest of us will just think, wow, that looks like a nice desk lamp. And so shiny, too.
You’ve probably heard of steampunks and their crafty retro-Victorian movement; well, this could be an offshoot, we’ll call it junkpunk. Unless you have a better term for a desk lamp made out of a beer bottle, galvanized pipe and fittings.
How do these “floating” lamps work? The answer is electromagnets. Incidentally, this is also the answer to how most of Criss Angel’s illusions work.
Bringing the outdoor in just feels good. This touch-sensitive lamp is made from a chunk of real, honest-to-goodness White Birch. Just tap the metal bar on the side to adjust four levels of brightness. Retro styling is complete with an included Edison-style bulb and 6-foot braided-cloth cord.
After life as a motorcycle, Virginia-based artist, Betsy Ryland, grants these vintage cycle scraps immortality by turning them into artistic industrial designs. Her lamps are made of a spring, shock absorber and transmission gear standings on a base crafted from a brake caliper. Each lamp is one of a kind, unless you order a matching set. The artist will do custom work, too.
After a 40-hour week spent radiating under the soul-sucking office fluorescents, you’ll really appreciate the warmth of the Edison Lamp. And, we don’t mean hey-these-100-year-old-bulbs-are-starting-to-smoke warmth. We mean the soft glow of a filament bulb. With a simple glass cylinder design, the base is made of shesham wood and the details are nickel. Don’t even think about screwing one of those curly-Q eco bulbs into this thing.
British furniture designer, Thomas Stanley, is a man’s man. While enjoying a nice foamy Guinness in a “widget” can, a lightbulb went off in Stanley’s head and the lighTIN was born. This eco-friendly design is made of mostly recycled materials and delivers bright, long-lasting light from an LED bulb. And if Guinness is a little too heavy for you, the lighTIN also comes in Stella, Heineken & Foster’s designs.