The Konkret lamp by Danish designer Jonas Edvard has some serious potential to add that missing cool/Scandinavian factor to your space.
Made with simple, natural elements - gradient wood veneer and a leather handle - Konkret delivers perfect warm lighting that will surely make you feel like you're living in a top-notch Danish cabin.
If you'd like to try something similar, this project has lots of potential for a DIY effort. Wood veneer is very affordable and available at a variety of places, such as a local shop catering to woodworkers, or online. Leather scraps are pretty easy to come by at fabric and speciality shops, and you could create a light kit from lamp parts from the home center, or use the HEMMA cord set from IKEA.
Because the wood veneer is so thin, it can be cut with a craft knife. You could use variously sized brass rings from the craft store and use a cone template, or experiment with different shapes and armatures.