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The 12 Modern Lamps of Christmas- Day 8

2011 December 8

Welcome to day 8 of our 12 Modern Lamps of Christmas. If you’ve been following along, then you already know how I chose all these great, gift-worthy lamps. But if you missed it, get up to speed by looking over Day 1. Then come back and take a look at today’s Modern Lamp:

8. On Off Table Lamp by Luceplan

As hinted at in Monday’s post, this lamp has a very unusual control. Designed by Alberto Meda, Franco Raggi, and Denis Santachiara in 1988 for Luceplan, On Off doesn’t operate via a traditional switch. Rather, it turns on and off based on which way it’s positioned, with a switch that’s controlled by gravity. Knock it one way, on. Knock it the other way, off. This cool mechanism makes On Off even more fun to use than it is to look at; half toy, half lamp.  (And knocking it around is a good way to let off some steam, too).

And don’t worry, you can’t hurt On Off. It’s made out of a soft, durable thermoplastic that allows it to withstand all kinds of drops and hard knocks. As an added bonus, an integrated green LED light makes On Off easy to find in a dark room even when it’s otherwise turned off.

The fun, unbreakable design, easy to see green light and cool switching mechanism make On Off equally well-suited to kids’ rooms and as a conversation piece in the living room.

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