Yes; it's a lamp made out of gears. The base of it is a small-block Chevrolet piston. The rest of it came from a transmission. Probably from the same Chevy? I dunno. I can't decide if it's
PhotoJoJo spotted a great tute showing us how to make super easy, super cheap light rings with LEDs. BUT that's not all. The tute further explains how to create cool lighting effects with LEDs. To make the ring, you'll need the following:
Instructable-er ChrisN balked at those expensive marble lamps and decided to go the DIY route. The materials, not counting the adhesive cost only $13, which is a far cry from its $120 inspiration. To give one a go yourself, you'll need....
These colanders turned hanging spheres are totally groovy, man. For a set of three, you'll need to gather up the following:
Image: Antoine Boots for Met Home
One sure sign of a creative thinker is to throw some odds and ends in front of them and see what they come up with. (Now wouldn't that be a more constructive premise for a reality show?) Over on JunkMarket Style, MeretriciousCreation gathered up a number of the many many tea tins that had been stashed away, found some inexpensive prisms at a local hardware store and
Oh, the design ingenuity of the gifted and talented! Made from glued and what looks like stitched together toothpicks, the stamen light is one of the bendable organic designs of daisuke hiraiwg that was shown in the british section of the ICFF this past week. This talented Tokyo born designer uses humble materials to form organic expressions.
I don't know if Martha would approve, or even how they would look in the cold light of day. But at night? Pretty magical.
These 80 bags o' light were a temporary art installation outside of the Museo Del Prado in Madrid. They would prob'ly be super-easy to recreate, even if you just jammed a few
Organic, tactile, and made from bone china, so English, the design team of Frances and Dominic Bromley have jumped into the wide world of lighting design. Their sculptural fish cylinder of light is available in six sizes. It may not be feasible to DIY these out of bone china, but how about
A while back I wrote an article about 'light layering', which outlined the practice of using various types of lighting fixtures to illuminate a room properly. 'Light layers', in the context of this post, are much more literal. From Ylighting, add one of these fixtures to any room for instant texture.
This Twister Drop Pendant ($313) is available in a rainbow of colors,
photos by Rob Edwards
Having created many a flopped DIY furniture projects, I'm intrigued with this wood veneer, acrylic and light strip lamp made by Rob Edwards. Honestly, I'd be proud to give this as a house warming gift if it looked this good.
These sweet coffee cup lights from Connox, used in the right area, could look marvelous. They're more than a little spendy at €156 (about $200), but I'm thinking they're DIYable. Sort of like these pendant versions. Via.
Inspired by nature, Hanna Nunn's paper cut lamps are as beautiful as their inspiration. Designed and handmade in her workshop, the lamps are available in the table variety as well as wall, pendant (lampshades) and fairy. Pictured above is 'Allium' and below is 'Goldenrod'.
The Flirty Guide offers this cool, multipart tutorial for making a custom, playful chandelier. Paint, beads, wire, shades...it's a whole heap of processes towards a fun, one of a kind piece. Thrift store magic.
EdWinston and his wife, like you, were amazed when they found the $12,000 lighting fixture pictured here:
So, like any good DIYsters, they made one, for a tiny, TINY fraction of the original cost: $55.93.
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....
These vertical blinds by Yoon-Hui Kim & Eun-Kyung Kim hold a little secret, a solar lamp. Here's how it works: the blinds, which are closed during the day, are outfitted with tiny solar pads mounted on the blinds' vertical slats. As the sun goes down, the pads lighten, revealing a luminescent floor or table lamp or even a chandelier. Why not just use some phosphorescent material? I'm guessing it might not cast as much light as the solar option...
Nearly every office building in the entire world is plagued by ghastly fluorescent lights hanging overhead. Can’t you just feel them suck the jelly from your ocular cavities? I can. So why do people use them? Because of their energy efficiency of course. But why do they have to be so ugly? They don’t. At least Ross Lovegrove’s System X by Yamagiwa isn’t. Described as a modern, sculptural lighting system, the x’s are actually an ‘interconnected...
I justed stumbled across a website that gives me tingles: Junk Market Style. I have a feeling I'll be visiting it often in the future, but for now, take a gander at this bicycle wheel chandelier. Contributor Georgia Terrell used a lamp kit to wire the wheel and then tied plumbing chain to the spokes with clear filiment. To add bling, she wired crystal beads to the ends of the chains. All in all, she used about 50 feet of chain and 100 beads...