Subtle home decor for the Star Wars fanatic

If the Alhazen lamp reminds you of an iconic object from a sci-fi pop-culture phenomenon, you’re not alone. The lamp is a play on the Lightsaber and uses acrylic optics to disperse light, much like most lightsaber toys and prototypes do. Designed by Saif Faisal who wanted a lamp that was both cool and practical at the same time, the Alhazen takes the lightsaber and changes a few key details to make it look like a prop from Star Wars, but also have a character of its own. The lamp is made from a wooden base that holds the lighting element, and the lighting element itself, comprising a handle, a hollow acrylic tube with an LED-strip, and an acrylic plug that sits on the top. Switch the LEDs on and the frosted acrylic diffuses them, while its edge-lighting properties allow it to glow from top to bottom like a lightsaber does. Oh what I’d give for a Kylo Ren version of this lamp!

Designer: Saif Faisal Design Workshop

IT Pennywise Balloon Lamp: They All Float Down Here

Stephen King’s IT offered up some truly terrifying moments, both in its 1990 TV miniseries run and its 2017 movie incarnation. While Pennywise the clown is super creepy, you might not want to have his head sitting on your desk every day. Perhaps something a little more subtle would show your love of the horror franchise, like this floating red balloon lamp.

This officially-licensed Pennywise Balloon Lamp may or may not conjure up images of a killer clown for everyone who looks at it, but for those who have seen IT on screen, it most definitely will offer up some chills. For everyone else, they’ll just think it’s a tribute to a certain childhood favorite by Albert Lamorisse.

The USB-powered lamp measures about 13.4″ tall and is made from environmentally friendly Breakdown Plastic, so if you decide it’s freaking you out and dump it in a landfill (or the sewer), it will eventually biodegrade. Just don’t bother trying to pop it.

Merchoid is taking pre-orders for the lamp now for $41.99, and expects to start shipping them at the end of August.

The Lumir K LED lamp runs on cooking oil

A winner of the James Dyson Award as well as an Asia Design Prize, the Lumir K is a lamp that uses cooking oil, instead of kerosene, as fuel. However, the oil doesn’t help burn a candle wick, but rather powers the lamp’s LEDs by converting thermal energy into electrical energy. The Lumir K relies on a phenomenon called the Seebeck Effect, where a temperature difference between two dissimilar electrical semiconductors produces a voltage difference between the two substances. The lamp burns at a 100 lumens too, making it brighter than most conventional kerosene lamps.

The beauty of Lumir is in how it provides a better solution in every aspect. “Lumir K uses cooking oil as fuel not kerosene, which is difficult to use due to its uneven quality depending on the region,” says Jehwan Park, founder and designer of the Lumir K. Given the ubiquity of cooking oil, and the fact that oil is seldom reused after something’s been fried in it, the Lumir K makes use of something that would normally be considered waste after fulfilling its need. The Lumir K also generates more light than a kerosene lamp, thanks to the Seebeck effect. Unlike Kerosene, which releases 90% of its energy as heat and only 10% as light, the Lumir L actually uses heat or thermal energy to produce electricity. Couple that with the fact that the Lumir K runs on powerful LEDs and you’ve got a lamp that uses an easy-to-find fuel to create light in a much more energy-efficient manner!

Designers: Jehwan Park & Hyungseok Yun.

The Konus lamp’s shuttlecock design turns function into aesthetics

Looking quite like an elaborate tissue box (that was before I learnt that the Konus was inspired by a shuttlecock from the game Badminton), the Konus lamp leaves quite an impact. Its base is soft and rounded, its top is jagged like an inverted umbrella, and together, they both look half-soothing, half-fun, and just really interesting. Created for Gantri, the Konus is 3D printed in entirety out of biodegradable PLA, and comes fitted with a warm LED light on the inside.

Raphael Pangilinan of Konus Design made the first version of Konus two decades ago as a teenager in the Philippines. “I didn’t have a lot of money, so I improvised using driftwood or pieces of metal. I first made Konus using bamboo, eventually moving on to hand-woven abacá fiber,” he says [image at the bottom]. “I never manufactured it on a large scale because it would have taken forever, but now 3D printing lets me do that.”

Konus is just a really fun lamp to have, for its simple yet different form. The base of the lamp, unlike most lamp bases, isn’t pot-shaped but is rather a complete sphere. Sitting on top of it is an un-traditional form too. While most lampshades have a trapezoid shape, Konus flips that shape upside down, making it wider on the top, and much longer. The result is a lamp that’s just fun to look at, whether it’s off and looking like an abstract sculpture, or on and casting a cozy, warm glow across the room.

Designer: Konus Design for Gantri


An early iteration of Konus before it was adapted for 3D printing.

Game of Thrones Dragon Lamps: A Song of Light and Fire

If you still love Game of Thrones after this final season (Sorry you named your child Khaleesi), check out these 3D-printed fire-breathing dragon lamps. These sweet looking tabletop lamps were designed by Adam Jech of 3Demon.

There’s nothing like dragon’s breath to light up the night. Just ask anyone in King’s Landing. Oh, that’s right. You can’t. Too soon? Sorry about that. Anyway, I might get one of these. I like dragon lighting and this looks badass. Like this guy drank some alcohol to up his fire game and now his breath is an extra white-hot inferno. So he’s cooking up some animals below for dinner. Probably a herd of sheep or cows.

There’s some nice detail on that dragon. Look at those wings. I admire that. But mostly I just like fire. If you want a dragon lamp for yourself, you can purchase the 3D model from 3Demon for $6 and follow the instructions on Instructables, or you can buy one ready made from the 3Demon Etsy shop for $99.


[via Geekologie]

This lamp can be dimmed by rotating its half-tinted glass shade

The Tinge series of lamps by Jacob Starkley are simple, hands-on, and rely on a fun, tactile human interaction rather than getting Alexa to control your lights for you. The lamps (designed as table, wall-mounted, and pendant lighting products) feature a half-tinted glass disc in front of the light, mounted on a rotating brass axis. Rather than electrically (or vocally) dimming or brightening the lights, you can control them by rotating the gradiented discs. Tinted black on one side, and transparent on the other, with a beautiful gradient transition in the middle, the discs have the ability to cover or expose the bulb behind them, effectively controlling the amount of light that leaves the bulb based on how much you rotate them. Quite simply the most elegant lighting solution I’ve seen in a while!

Designer: Jacob Starley

The Symfonisk Speaker Lamp has the style of IKEA, but the soul of Sonos

The Symfonisk Speaker Lamp has the style of IKEA, but the soul of Sonos

Designed by IKEA, and Powered by Sonos, you’re looking at the Symfonisk, a range of offerings by the two collaborating companies. Designed as a table-lamp-speaker and a bookshelf-speaker, the Symfonisk aim at merging home-decor with smart-technology, and powerful audio to create products that simply enrich houses. The table-lamp comes with a lamp and lampshade at the top and a speaker at the bottom, while the bookshelf speaker is designed to occupy the spatial footprint of an encyclopedia (something that’s sorely missed from today’s bookshelves).

Designed in signature IKEA fashion, the lamp and speaker sport a home-friendly design, and can be customized. The lamp comes with a detachable lampshade and the ability to put a bulb of your choice in it, while the bookshelf speaker can be placed horizontally, vertically, or even be hacked to be used as a wall-mounted shelf! Both products use a combination of plastic and fabric, and IKEA’s designed them to be easy to pull apart and clean (IKEA even experimented with chucking parts in the dishwasher!)

As far as the audio hardware is concerned, Sonos told The Verge that both products have two class-D digital amplifiers, one tweeter, and one mid-woofer. Given their size and their relatively starting-range price, the speakers won’t quite match up to the standard set by Sonos’ other products, but the idea was to partner with IKEA to build truly uplifting home-decor, which I can’t help but agree with! The lamp and speaker are both controlled by Sonos’ mobile app (and they support Apple AirPlay 2 too), with support for IKEA’s own smart-home app coming soon.

Designers: IKEA & Sonos

The Symfonisk Speaker Lamp has the style of IKEA, but the soul of Sonos

The Symfonisk Speaker Lamp has the style of IKEA, but the soul of Sonos

The Symfonisk Speaker Lamp has the style of IKEA, but the soul of Sonos

The Symfonisk Speaker Lamp has the style of IKEA, but the soul of Sonos

The Symfonisk Speaker Lamp has the style of IKEA, but the soul of Sonos

The Symfonisk Speaker Lamp has the style of IKEA, but the soul of Sonos

The Symfonisk Speaker Lamp has the style of IKEA, but the soul of Sonos

The SETTO lamp uses a rotating lampshade to adjust its lighting

The Setto comes with a usual design and an unusual user experience. The lamp’s spherical design is courtesy a rotating lampshade that lets you adjust the intensity of the lighting. The sphere is divided into two hemispheres… one smooth, and the other with a folded origami-styled design. Rotate the shade to face the smooth surface downwards and you get a much more focused beam of light that’s great to read or write under. Swivel to make the patterned side face downwards and you get a scattered aura that bathes the room in ambient an lighting that’s great for movies, conversation, or a casual dinner!

Designers: Ida Bonnerup, Jeppe Jensen & Sara Brixen.

The SETTO lamp uses a rotating lampshade to adjust its lighting

The SETTO lamp uses a rotating lampshade to adjust its lighting

The SETTO lamp uses a rotating lampshade to adjust its lighting

The SETTO lamp uses a rotating lampshade to adjust its lighting

The SETTO lamp uses a rotating lampshade to adjust its lighting

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An ambient-lamp is built right into the switch that controls it!

Unlike most switches that have an ON and an OFF, Pasque Mawalla’s Switch behaves slightly differently. Designed to be a lamp in itself, the switch rocks upwards, downwards, and rests in a neutral position. While in neutral, the light stays off, but the minute you rock it either upwards or downwards, it turns into an ambient lamp, casting light in the direction it’s been angled.

What’s remarkable about the Switch is that it’s a different product with the same UX as its predecessor. Designed to be switched on and off just like a normal switch, the lamp explores new ideas, making it rather innovative. Plus, it only seems natural that the lamp should go off when the switch is in its neutral position, flush against the wall!

Designer: Pasque D. Mawalla