"If you're looking for a cheap mood lighting— and you really love orange— then you're only a few traffic cones away from all the modernist day-glo orange ambiance you can handle." With just a few zip ties, six mini plastic cones, and a $2.00 Ikea lamp kit, Henrique from Let's Evo built this atomic lamp. The process was so simple, that his included how-to doesn't even need words....it's just a few easy photos.
Nothing sets a festive mood like a fresh lighting scheme. From tiki torches at a summer BBQ to a full-on romantic candlelit dinner on Valentine's day, there's always something incredible about the unique glow at special occasions.
But such an investment for once-a-year is a bit wasteful...well, at least it used to be. Requiring only a scissors and some completely reusable L.E.D. votives, Design*Sponge offers this project: snowflake lights....
(View of the wallpaper during the day.)
I dislike wallpaper. Truly, I think it should be outlawed. But Camilla Diedrich’s new wallpaper series has stolen my heart. According to DesignBoom, Ms. Diedrich wanted to create a wall covering ‘which used real light without having to make use of too much technology. The design, which has a fibre optic appeal, creates a luminous floral pattern, bringing nature into the home and casting a soft glow...
The GUAU wall sconce, from Arturo Alvarez, waxes and wanes as you see fit. In front of the light itself, it has a moveable disk that you can turn and rotate as the mood strikes, creating magical moon beams that confuse werewolves to no end. For more information, go to Arturo Alvarez.
I have a thing about windows. Especially barn sash windows, one of which just happened to be lying around. It was too good not to turn into something, so kicked around some ideas and came up with a wall art/light fixture idea and went to work.
What we used:
an old barn sash window
scrap 1" x 3" pine
a piece of handy board
frosted glass spray
scissor and paper punch
LED light strip
table saw, screws, drill, nails hammer, etc.
What we did:
Switching over to CFL light bulbs can be a bit startling. First there’s the cost. You just have to remind yourself that they’re going to last A LOT longer than regular incandescent bulbs and use less energy to get over that one. Next is the color. When CFLs first came out, they emitted a fairly harsh blue light. Luckily, now there are a variety of CFLs on the market including ones that produce a softer, more incandescent light.
RePlayGround was inspired by a lamp project in the January ‘07 issue of ReadyMade and came up with this eco-friendly alternative. The ReadyMade version uses paperwood whereas this clever option uses a 1-gallon plastic jug of the vinegar or windshield washer fluid variety. Other ingredients you’ll need include:
- 2 pairs of chopsticks (leftover from take-out night)
- fishing line
- 8 #47 O-rings or small black rubberbands
- a hanging lamp, like...
Peter Buning has created a lamp that uses reflection to cast intricate designs upon walls and ceilings. The patterns of the styles available can be adjusted up to 3 meters in diameter. For more information, visit sha-do.com. Via.
A new Etsy shop, Domestic Construction, features these adorable upside down coffee and tea cup pendant lights. At around $60 for one, they're moderately expensive, but with some thrift store china, some Ikea pendant kits, and a bit of creativity, they're mos def DIYable.
Via and photo from Decor8.
The Howell sisters of THIS Gallery have created a unique entry into the drinkware/light category: THIS LIGHT is created from 50ish plastic beverage bottles, hardened with a fusion process that makes the lamp more durable and look, well, less like a buncha plastic beverage bottles. And if you send them three cases of plastic bottles, they'll knock a hundo off the price tag.
- an Ikea Slom Jar, size small, $3
- a single Malibu brand solar garden light, $10
- one can of glass frosting spray
- Blue Tak or a sticky equivalent
It was only a matter of time: it's size, shape, and inclusion of the clear carafe makes the kitchen blender a perfect candidate to recycle into a lamp. So, good work to Defpotec, who has written a clear and excellent instructable on doing just that.
Hallelujah! My husband was changing a bulb that was stuck in the socket of this UGLY fixture and he broke it!!! Now I can look for a new fixture. I'm looking for a new fixture or, better yet, a mid-century fixture that gives off enough light. I'm looking for interesting ideas. The table is staying but the chairs will be replaced. I'm still working on what to do with the greenhouse view.
Inhabitat.com illuminates this light-emitting wallpaper by Jonas Samson. Though the technology hasn't quite been revealed,"this Light-Emitting Wallpaper harkens back to recent products exploring digital paper by Miquel Mora, part of the Flat Futures project– developed by the Royal College of Art Design Interactions Department– showcased at the MoMA’s ‘Design and the Elastic Mind’ exhibition. By using developments like e-ink and OLEDs (organic...
Designer Sung-Pil Hwang has created a side table that also happens to be a light. Just plug it into the wall and voila, a fabulous multitasker. No word yet if and when the item will go into production. Via.
Shelterrific highlights Alexander Reh's Milk jug chandelier, made with 14 used one gallon milk jugs, a hula hoop, and a string of 5-watt holiday lights. Though Alexander doesn't provide a step-by-step how-to, he does share a materials list and this revealing photo, which details its construction process.
This clever light nestles between your books, casting its warm glow upon all who seek enlightenment. Made of white plexiglass, the lamp measures 24 cm x 17 cm and is illuminated by a 9 watt energy-saving lamp. Much as all books, on its binding and cover is the title: ‘The Enlightenment’. Available at Studiomeiboom for 89 Euro or 130 US, 10% of which goes to charity.
As seen in the famous "Centaur" photograph of Picasso, or the current (and excellent) crop of Sprint commercials, the combination of a controllable light source and some long exposure photography can lead to some amazing artwork. Check out the fabulous work of the Japanese collective PikaPika here (Flickr) and here (animation).
Thankfully, Lori and Stuart from LightDoodles.com are offering some help. Though they don't detail the exposure settings...
Watch this very cool light fixture in action! Via fresh creation.