This little desk lamp is more than just a source of light it’s also a source of entertainment. It comes with a gun so you can shoot it on and off.
Some crazy bastard once said “art is whatever you can get away with.” These Beatty pendulum lights are a perfect example of that idea. The light’s steel sheet shades are perforated with a blast from a shotgun. Yup, you read that right. A shotgun blast.
This lamp is the bomb. Sorry, had to say it. Does anyone still use that phrase? The Blitz Bomb lamp is made from a WWII-era surplus MK23 bombshell. The teardrop-shaped bomb is polished to a shine then sealed against rust and features a classic cloth wrapped cord. Without a shade, the lamp stands just over 10-inches tall and will not explode.
Luke’s Lamps feature industrial, shop-built styling, like some weirdness out of a Tim Burton movie. We think that’s a good thing. Made with Edison-style bulbs and repurposed industrial materials, they’re truly unique. Lots of different styles, all handmade by an actual human in the good ole USA.
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.