I loves a DIY lighting project, and particularly dig those that can be crafted up from easy-to-find hardware store materials. Inspired by a high-end
A few years ago, I read a piece by designer Frank Chimero called "What Advice Would You Give a Graphic Design Student?" where he suggests, "Keep two books on your nightstand at all times: one fiction, one non-fiction." I've always been a big book guy, but I always keep Frank's advice in mind...though sometimes, one or the other is a magazine. (One of the good ones.)
I'm always a sucker for unlikely materials used in surprising places, so I'm all kinds of inspired by this concrete pendant lamp project by Ben Uyeda.
I'm a big fan of geometric shapes in DIY projects, but when it comes to woodworking, it can be difficult to anticipate all the math when working with angles other than 90-degrees.
Nimi is an industrial design student from Finland, so it's no surprise that she fell in love with this Scandinavian-inspired lamp on Pinterest. Deterred by the £195. price tag, she set out to make her own modern, and fantastic, industrial lamp made from wood, metal, and concrete. I've been privileged to see heaps of DIY decor projects everyday for years, and this is, by far, one of the best executed and a personal favorite.
These "vintage" cage lights have character for days, provide plenty of functionality, and help to fill that most often empty space in any room: the ceiling and upper walls.
And, of course, they're sorta pricey. Unless, of course, you make your own.
Wood veneer are thin pieces of full woodgrain, which are sold in flexible roles, so you can glue them onto core panels for the look and finish of hardwood grain pattersn without the expense of solid wood.
Because veneer is so thin (around 3mm), it's quite flexible and easy to work,
I came across this touch sensitive Super Mario Brothers question mark block lamp on Etsy the other day and was really excited because...well, I'm a geek who grew up in the 80s. I mean, how cool is it that you can "punch" that infamous 8-bit block hanging from the ceiling and it lights up?
But when got me even more excited was when I learned that Bryan Duxbury, the creator of the lamp, also sells
Phil Cuttance's Faceture series is incredible to simply look at, but learning how they're created is even more facetnating. (See what I did there?)
Cuttance creates each piece
That's right. The day has finally come…taxidermy meets interior lighting. Personally, I wouldn't be too keen on having a couple of dead squirrels hanging on the wall above my bed, but that's just me. Oh and just wait until you see the rat swarm lamp...
I love materials. All of them. After all, crafting is about taking some raw material and either cutting it, spreading it, shaping it, or attaching it to something else, right? I especially love when materials take an unlikely shape, like when felt becomes rigid, or wood maleable. Like this woven wooden lamp, which is constructed from actual wood, all balled up and soft. I may never be able to bend plywood at home, but this? This I can do.
Steve Hoefer came up with this DIY, literal take on the book light. "Friends have regularly recommended books as being particularly illuminating, but I admit that after opening them I was as in the dark as ever. Since I’m not one to let a good metaphor go unmolested (and because design schools seem to constantly create designers who’s job it is to make ugly lamps) I made this."
If you've hung around the DIY blogosphere for any amount of time, you most likely learned one thing above all others: anything can be made into a lamp.
That, of course, doesn't mean you should turn everything into a lamp...I once saw one created from an old 1970s teddy bear that was so awful I actually had a nightmare about it. Literally, this thing haunted my dreams.
Over the last few months, I've seen several sets of super cool lights created from plumbing parts at always reliable sites like Design Milk and Boing Boing. In the midst of redoing my own office, I realized I needed a desk lamp to shed a little extra light on smaller tasks. I went to the office supply and home furnishing stores, but I couldn't find anything that'd work. So, I recalled the pipe fitting lamp I'd seen, and decided to make my own.
Traveling through Morocco and southern Spain, Stregoi fell in love with the Moorish patterns and mosaic that characterize the architecture and spaces
So, he created this amazing pendant lamp inspired by these patterns, and shares his templates so you can make one of your own.
Isamu Noguchi's Akari lamps are among the classic, iconic pieces of mid-century design. These practical light sculptures are a playful take on the traditional Japanese paper lantern; updated with legs that echo the emerging atomic culture of the early 1950s, yet still maintaining the biomorphic shape found in Noguchi's other works. The Akari lamp series has been a part of the MoMA's permanent collection almost as long as it's been around.
IKEA has featured their share of paper lantern-inspired lamps over the years. The most recent rendition is the VÄTE series, a collection of rice paper shades on steel frames that give an obvious nod to