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Giving ‘Reading Lamp’ a New Meaning: Lighting Inspired by Literature

2010 December 14

We’ve said many times that lighting inspiration is found just about anywhere, and that includes between the pages of a good old-fashioned book. Here are a few examples of how lighting has been born from literary influences to create unique reading lamps:

Lolita Table Lamp Lolita Table Lamp by Moooi“Lolita, light of my life. Fire of my loins.” The inspiration for Moooi’s seemingly sweet collection is none other than perhaps one of the most controversial novels in recent history — Nabokov’s Lolita. Dealing with topics both emotionally disturbing and heart-wrenching, Nabokov’s book is a challenging read with great rewards. The poetry of Nabokov’s writing is so enthralling, one is kept reading the novel until the turn of the final page. The Lolita Collection, designed for Moooi by Nica Zupanc, take on the essence of young Dolores Haze (Lolita) — at once innocent and tantalizing.

Designer Nica Zupanc: “Who is afraid of pink? My imagination chases female archetypes intentionally. Frivolous, even naive objects are my favorite victims. And when, during such a process, I manage to be creative in an evidently reserved way, I then touch the purest meaning of my work and frivolity becomes timeless elegance. Lolita is here to play with your emotions. She is here to break up your everyday routine.”

Xanadu Collection by Fredrick Ramond Xanadu Collection by Fredrick Ramond“In Xanadu did Kubla Khan, A stately pleasure-dome decree…” Samuel Taylor Coleridge encapsulates the ideal nirvana in his description of a “Pleasure Dome”, with lush gardens and an outer land both savage and holy. Polished stainless steel and large pieces of sparkling crystal give the Xanadu Collection by Fredrick Ramond a rich luxury; modern yet fantastic.

 

Tea Matter Caddy 2 by Alessi Tea Matter Caddy 2 by AlessiOk, so this isn’t a lighting fixture, but the Alessi Tea Matter Tea Caddy 2 celebrates the art of Chinese calligraphy, the symbols forming an artful poem that can be read in an endless circle, starting from any of the types. The poem, written anonymously during the Song Dynasty (960-1279) reads, “It is possible to have a pure heart.”

 

ABC Table Lamp by Prandina ABC Table Lamp by PrandinaFinally, I give you the ABC Table Lamp from Prandina — an expression in Helvetica. Designer Sandro Santantonio presents a subtle reminder that the most popular font type is still a relevant part of literary cultures (and lighting nerds) across the globe. These lamps present an artful expression of the popular type in sandblasted Black Crystal, Clear Crystal and White Glass. It’s also available as a pendant, perfect for setting the mood for your next book club meeting!

 

Stay tuned for Fixtures Inspired by Television! Can you guess what cartoon gave this guy its signature look?

Archie Floor Lamp by Viso

2 Responses leave one →
  1. Nissa permalink*
    December 15, 2010

    Was it “The Jetsons?”

    • Susan permalink
      December 20, 2010

      SO close… but you have to go the other direction in time… to prehistoric ages… Got it yet?

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