Hey there! Glad you could make it to day 10 of our 12 Modern Lamps of Christmas. With only a few lamps left to highlight, this is what I consider the list’s homestretch. If you wanna take a look at lamps 1-9 or just need a quick refresher on our giftable lamp criteria, start here.
And then number 10:
For me, it just wouldn’t be Christmas unless there was something sparkly waiting under the tree. Jewelry is nice, but really it can be anything that puts a literal twinkle in my eye. And I know I’m not alone.
Designed by Alecia Wesner for the George Kovacs lighting line, Bling Bang is a complete modern lighting collection that picks up where her Bling Bling collection left off. The Bling Bang Table Lamp features a shiny chromed body with strategic square and rectangular cut-outs all around the offset drum shade. Within these openings, crystals are suspended. These jewel-like accents sparkle whether the light is turned on or off (definitely a bit more when turned on, of course).
You can choose either a silvery chrome lamp with clear crystal or–for a few dollars more–go with the unique Chocolate chrome and warm teak-colored crystals. Sparkle AND chocolate? Yes, please.
Happy Monday! Now that we’re on day 9 of the 12 Modern Lamps of Christmas, you may want to refresh your memory on just what it means for a lamp to be “giftable.” You can take a quick look at the criteria right here.
And then on to lamp #9:
Cold enough for ya? Where I am, we’ve been breaking records for the cold left and right. As such, I was inspired to find a lamp that could beat some of the winter chill with the warmth of candlelight.
The Design House Stockholm Joy Table Lamp could probably be more accurately termed an electrified candelabra, a unique sculpture more than a super-bright light source. That being said, it does provide lovely warm, flickering ambiance as a tabletop centerpiece. Made out of white-lacquered steel, it features seven “candles” that are leaning against each other, appearing to stop just short of falling over. Each taper uses a specialty flame-tip bulb to complete the realistic look. (Extras come in the box.)
This modern candelabra makes the ideal gift for the person who loves to entertain, and is sure to make a great conversation piece at their next dinner party.
Today is day 8 of our 12 Modern Lamps of Christmas, which means we’ve already highlighted seven great giftable lamps. If you’ve been reading along from the beginning, thanks! But if you’re just joining the party, why not take a few minutes to check out what makes a lamp “giftable” and look over the lamps profiled before today. It started a week ago, on Dec. 1.
Then come on back, and you’ll be all ready to read about #8:
Know someone who’s a nature lover? Then the Justice Design Limoges Dakota Table Lamp will make a great gift. Likes graphic retro patterns? The Limoges Dakota Table Lamp again. Enjoys a warm, candlelight-like glow?
Well, you get the picture. The Limoges Dakota Table Lamp appeals to many tastes, due primarily to its overall clean, modern form and numerous customizable options. It is also functionally versatile, with a size and shape that make it useful as either a tabletop centerpiece or more subtle ambient light source off to the side.
It features a cluster of three shades made out of translucent porcelain, which glow like pillar candles at staggered heights atop their metal base. These cylinders are given greater decorative interest with a variety of possible patterns embossed onto their surface, the intricate details of which are only enhanced when the lights are on. Once you’ve chosen the right porcelain pattern, then you can decide on the finish for the base.
The final piece makes the ideal gift mostly because it is perfectly personalized to whomever you give it. It will satisfy their design tastes, complement their decor and show that you’ve been paying attention to both.
Hope you’re having a great Saturday morning. Maybe you’re still in your jammies, leisurely sipping a cup of coffee as you read up on our 12 Modern Lamps of Christmas. Today is day 7 of the list. So if you haven’t had a chance before now to check this out, I recommend starting on day 1.
Then if you feel like browsing through the rest of our giftable lamps, feel free. After all, it’s Saturday; we’re in no rush.
The Philips Ledino Table Lamp No. 66702 has a minimalist design ideal for those with contemporary workspaces or reading areas. Made out of lightweight aluminum in a versatile black finish, it is also slender, elegant and effortless to use.
It features a unique paddle-shaped head that houses a bright, energy efficient 7.5 watt LED. It puts out up to 350 lumens of warm white light, controlled by a touch dimmer on the base. And the dome-shaped ribbing on the top of the head is also more than just an interesting decorative detail; it’s the LED’s heat sink, ensuring a long 50,000-hour life for the light source.
A pivoting joint allows you to move the head up and down and rotate it around the stem for perfectly precise light placement. It’s enough to make you wish Christmas was over so you could get back to work. (Well, almost.)
Welcome to day 6 of our 12 Modern Lamps of Christmas! We are officially halfway through, with plenty more goodies to come. To check out the giftable lamps that have come before, you can start from the beginning. Or, if you’re eager to move forward, then read on to learn about lamp #6…
Instead of putting a lampshade on your head at a Christmas party this weekend, try putting it on your table:
Sure, these might not have a woman’s leg in fishnets holding them up, but these classic shades are still sure to bring a smile to whomever receives them this holiday season.
Designed by Ron Gilad, the Flos Teca Mini Table Lamps are at once contemporary and playful; the sight of a fringed shade glowing inside a glass box is certainly unexpected. More than that, though, the impression is one of a display in a museum, which is entirely intentional. The name of the collection, after all, is a play on the Italian word for “reliquary,” or a container that holds ancient and/or sacred relics.
In other words, these are shades that are deserving of display and respect. They are representative of a certain point in time in lighting history. More than that, with their ornate and frilly designs, they can now be considered works of art as much as functional parts of a lamp.
The first of these lamps is the Teca Mini Victorian Grandeur Table Lamp. With its intricate embroidery, thick lace ribbing and inward curve (evocative of a tightly laced corset), you can truly see this shade casting a warm glow around a 19th century salon:
And then there’s the Teca Mini Renaissance Cupola Table Lamp. It too has thick ribbing, but with a more relaxed bell shape. It is also quite a bit flirtier with a thick border of red fringe:
Hey there! So we’ve made it to Day 5 of our 12 Modern Lamps of Christmas, our list of twelve of the most giftable lamps out there, perfect for Christmas or anytime. Not sure what “giftable” means? It’s all outlined for you on Day 1.
There’s no doubt that lamp #5 meets all the giftable criteria with great aplomb. It’s a cute little thing that kids might just mistake for their new toy:
When it comes to the toys I loved as a kid, LEGOs are at the top of the list. So imagine my reaction when I saw a task light that looks just like those colorful building blocks. The whole collection is glossy, cheerful and toy-like, but it’s the LUXIT Top Four Mini LED Lamp that has the proportions most evocative of LEGOs. So it was my immediate favorite of the bunch.
Its three segments make it easy to adjust the direction of light coming from the four LEDs on the top segment. It’s absolutely acrobatic, able to hold any number of positions with minimal effort on your part.
Its compact size makes this lamp even more charming…and useful. It definitely does not take up a lot of space; hunched over it stands less then 5 inches tall and 4 inches deep. You can bring it in tight for illuminating a keyboard or paperwork or keep it off to the side for more general illumination of a desktop. And you have to admit that it just looks adorable doing it. All-in-all, Top Four is the perfect task lamp for that special someone who plays as hard as they work.
(This lamp is probably my favorite for 2013, which I usually save for the finale of the 12 Lamps list. But in this case, I thought I’d sneak it in a bit early since its currently giftable price is supposed to go away mid-month. But don’t worry; my second favorite is also pretty darn cool.)
Moving right along, we are now on Day 4 of our 12 Modern Lamps of Christmas list. If you haven’t had the chance to read along from the beginning, take a look at the 1st day to get the lowdown on this list as well as look over the lamps we’ve already featured. Then come on back to check out our next giftable lamp.
For lamp #4, we’re going with something that both contemporary design lovers and sci-fi fans will appreciate:
Whether in the darkest reaches of the galaxy or just in your own home, the Access Lighting Satellite Table Touch Lamp is able to provide bright, energy efficient light. Its design is simple, sleek and a little space-age, with a tapered column of brushed steel topped by a glass shade. The wide flare of the shade and its frosted texture help it to diffuse glare-free LED light in all directions. Adding to the cool factor is the control: simply tap the steel disc on top to turn the light on or off.
The Satellite is also entirely portable. It’s only 8 inches tall and powered by three AA batteries, which allow for up to 38 hours of continuous use. So you can be sure that whoever gets this lamp as a gift can take it to infinity and beyond (if they want).
Welcome once again to the 12 Modern Lamps of Christmas. Today we’re featuring our third giftable lamp. If you’re not sure what that means, we’ll give you some time to catch up and read over the rules as listed on Day 1.
Up to speed? Then on to #3:
This time of year you can expect a little rain and snow. The best way we can think of to stay warm and dry? Stay inside and enjoy the Umbrella Table Lamp by Pablo.
The Umbrella Table Lamp was actually designed by Pablo Pardo back in 2009, but remains popular to this day due to its whimsical form and flattering light. Inspired by photographers’ lighting, the shade is a literal interpretation of an umbrella. It’s made out of lycra that stretches taut over the metal spokes of the frame. (It is also easily removable and safe for machine washing if need be.) Attached to a swivel base, the shade can be moved anywhere you need soft, diffused light.
Available in a range of shade colors and sizes, this Umbrella is the must-have accessory for any modern interior this winter season.
Hello again. With Black Friday and Thanksgiving weekend now behind us, we move onto “Cyber Monday,” the biggest online shopping day of the year. Rather than fight the crowds at the mall, today people take to the Internet to find the best deals…and shipping direct to their doorstep. To help make your shopping experience even more convenient, I’ve compiled a list of 12 lamps (available at Lumens.com) that will make ideal gifts this holiday season.
The list began promptly yesterday on December 1. So if you’re curious about how this whole 12 Modern Lamps thing works, take a look here.
And then we’ll move on to Day 2 of our 12 Modern Lamps of Christmas:
The Varaluz Masquerade Table Lamp is a cute, colorful table lamp perfect for that secret super hero in your life. The unique shade was inspired by Zorro’s mask; turn your head to the side and you’ll see that the various ovals and curved lines are actually a series of that distinctive disguise.
As with the rest of the Masquerade collection, this lamp is hand-cut out of recycled steel before being coated in one of four eye-catching colors. The entire piece comes to almost two-feet tall, so there’s no chance this guy will get overlooked on a table or sideboard.
By day, Masquerade is an unassuming (albeit colorful and unusual) table lamp. But by night, when darkness descends over the land and all hope for ambient light is lost, Masquerade is there to use its lighting powers for good. It creates a mesmerizing radiating pattern of light in all directions. It’s hypnotic, playful and much better than any Bat signal.
Welcome to the Lumens 4th Annual 12 Modern Lamps of Christmas!
Over the next twelve days I’ll be counting down what I believe to be this year’s best and most gift-worthy lamps. I can’t believe I’ve been doing this for four years now! More than that, I can’t believe I was able to find a completely brand new selection of twelve giftable modern lamps for 2013. In case you’re just joining us, my criteria for lamp gift-ability are:
1. You can wrap it fairly easily.
2. It’s $200 or less.
3. It will ship in plenty of time for Christmas.
4. It’s fun, contemporary and—in the best gift-giving tradition—something you might get for yourself.
If you’re curious, you can check out last year’s selections. Most of them are still available and are just as giftable today as they were back then. Then after you’re done with that, come on back and we’ll begin our round of lamps for 2013.
Since my name begins with “N,” I thought, hey, that would be good way to begin this year’s list as well:
Koncept is best known for their line of contemporary LED task lamps. But here, they’ve used their advanced LED expertise to create a fun little ambient light source.
Apart from making him look as cute as a bug, the lower-case “n” shape of the Mr. n LED Table Lamp is a particularly inspired way to create a soft, glare-free all-around glow within a relatively small footprint. Using seamless light panel technology, the soft white light of 28 energy efficient LEDs is diffused around the entire outer curve of the lamp. The strength of this light is controlled with a simple one-finger touch dimmer on the aluminum base, which also turns the lamp on or off. The entire metal surface comes in either a cool silver or metallic black finish.
This little guy is a mere 7.5″ tall and 4.3″ wide, which means he will take up very little space on a table or desk as he puts out all that light (up to 250 lumens). Compact, bright and with a friendly, well-rounded personality, Mr. n is the perfect little lamp to give and get as a gift this year.