When it comes to lighting solutions, especially lamps, you will find an array of options on the shelves. You just need to pick the right ones to add zing to your home décor and light up your space in style. Designers and lighting firms from around the globe are thinking out of the box to offer unusual and creative lamp designs for modern homes. Lamps are no more a simple creation that features a bulb to illuminate your room. Instead, they are nowadays available in unusual shapes, imaginative designs, hues and sizes. Check out some of the most unusual lamps for your abode after the jump.
If you are keen enough to read before you go to sleep, then the Bookrest lamp seems to be the just right option. Not only has the soft glow of the light made it an excellent choice for a reading lamp, but it also works as a bookrest making sure that you don’t lose the page you read last time. When you place the book on top of the lamp, a little house is created, which looks outstanding. The Bookrest lamp is made of frosted glass and designed in a unique way to ease the reading process.
Torn Lights by Billy May
New York based designer Billy May has designed these elegant light fixtures that blend into your room in a very artistic way. Christened as ‘torn lights’, the lighting fixtures leave the viewer in a confused state thinking that the wall of the room is somehow turned and the light is coming from the room itself. These concept fixtures compliment both the modern and funky interiors. The different torn lights are nicknamed Dog Ear, Hang Nail and Crevice, and are inspired by the everyday seen surfaces like paint chipping, poster slipping slowly away from a surface or wall pealing.
Unsteady Lamp by Igor Pinigin
The Unsteady Lamp might appear unstable and doddering at the first glance, but it is quite robust in real. Designed by Igor Pinigin from Ukraine, these lighting fixtures stabilize at any angle without affecting the illumination of the light. The designer has made clever use of heavy glass balls at the bottom enabling the user to change its position any way he pleases. Christened as Anemona Lamp, the Ukrainian designer has given the lamp a very contemporary look. A striking visual effect is created when a cluster of these are placed together.
Squeezable Light Bubbles
The d°light Bubbles created by designer Diana Lin are actually squeezable and give out a ‘whoo’ sound every time you pinch them. These dandy light bubbles are created by making use of warm- white LED lights placed inside American standard food-safe silicone. The light bubbles are very soft and cool enough to be touched. You can also create concaved shaped light by squeezing the bubbles. The thick walls of the silicon do not let the pressure created by the squeeze affect the white LEDs inside.
Plants of Light by Maximillian Winkel
The amazing Plant of Light aka Schattengewächs is one of its kind concept of lighting lamp for a striking home décor. Created by MaximillianWinkel, this unusual lamp is designed like any “grow it yourself” plant kit, but it doesn’t actually grows a real plant. The Schattengewächs lamp and flower pot consist of photo sensor that reacts in the ambient light level and projects out a plant shaped light based graphic on the wall next to it. The entire concept runs on four coin cell batteries and does not require external cord or power switch.
Pouring Light Lamp
Designer Yeongwoo Kim has created an unusual lamp by taking inspiration from spilling cup of tea. The Pouring Light Lamp is composed of a cup part and a water part. The spilled water part consists of phosphorescence to create an amazing light flow. The inverted tea cup also come with a life-like tea bag that helps to light up the lamp. The unique lamp can be grabbed easily by the pouring liquid and can be moved to any place while the spilled liquid sustains the lamp on the table. The cool design of the lamp matches almost every kind of modern interiors.
Recycled Daylight by Onø Design
This amazing and unusual lamp is sure to complement modern space by recycling or simply by re-utilizing the daylight. Called as Turner Solar LED light, this Solar-powered lamp is created by the designers at Onø Design. During the day the lamp sits upside down and collects the photons that are further used for illumination purpose after dark. The lamp can be inverted to be used as glowing lamps where the solar energy accumulated during the day powers the LED bulbs fitted inside the lamp. This practical lighting system does not waste energy or even attract insects.
Dandelion Lights by Qin Xue, Cao iXiaoxiao & Wei Hangshuai
Here is another unusual and amazing lamp that has been creatively designed by Qin Xue, Cao iXiaoxiao and Wei Hangshuai. These dandelion type lights christened as ‘The Secret of Light’ evoke your childhood memories of blowing over a dandelion. Inspired by this nostalgia, the designers have invented this conceptual lamp where the dandelion lights up when you shake it and when you blow over any bulb it goes off. No doubt, the concept was a Red Dot award winner.
Teddy Bear lamp
This delightful teddy lamp is sure to attract all the attention of your guests. Matthew Kinealy has creatively designed this unusual cuddly teddy bear lamp to sit quietly on your shelf or on the nightstand. This cute fellow feature a black fabric covered lampshade for the head of the golden yellow plump body of the teddy, which is enhanced by the gold glow of the light. The round and stout body of the teddy lets you park him at any place inside your abode.
Designer Elmar Flototto has been inspired from our childhood plaything, the ‘yo-yo’ and has created this smart, beautiful, and sophisticated lighting fixture called the Yo-Yo lamp. This lamp features a 16 meters long cord around itself. You can place the lamp where ever you please and pull out the required length of wire. A soft and soothing light is distributed in the ambience from the drum shaped lamp that is made out of a durable translucent polyethylene. The enormous length of the cable enables you to roll the lighting to suit your liking.
Here is another weird lighting fixture designed by a Swedish student Clara Sjödin. Called the ‘sneaker lamp’, it was displayed at the 2011 Stockholm Furniture Fair ‘Greenhouse’. The unique lighting pieces amazes the viewer at it appears like a glowing shoe. The cords of the lamp are cleverly set as the laces of the footwear. This cute lamp turns out to be a striking decoration piece when placed on the desk or table and will surely earn a second look from your guests.
The Nymph lamp is designed by Site Specific Design, which is a Brooklyn; New York based furniture and Interior Design Company. For those who love to collect peculiar objects for decorating their house, this nymph lamp is just a perfect piece. The body of the nymph is made of fiberglass with a white lacquer finish that sits on curved legs made of 5/8 inches long hollow steel tube. This eccentric light fixture is amongst the 2007 Childhood Memories Collection of Site Specific Design.
Ink Cartridge Lamps
The ink cartridge lamp is an interesting home décor lighting fixture made from recycled ink cartridge of a printer. The one displayed above is crafted out from four disassembled Epson ink cartridges and the best part is that you can customize the color to brighten the room in the shade that you desire. So go ahead and decorate your office, living room or foyers with the innovative Ink Cartridge Hanging Lamps in an eco friendly way.
Moon Rock Lamps
Designed in the 1960s, these Moon Rock Lamps provide an excellent and bright illumination to create a soft and soothing surrounding. These handcrafted lamps are made in Ravenna, Italy. These contemporary and stylish lamps look like beautiful rocks. These elegant light fixtures are simply made of fiberglass and then coated with Italian stone to give the lamp a rocky appearance. The lamp provides a warm atmosphere to the room when placed on the floor or on the table.
The Light Blubs Lamp
The Dutch designer Pieke Bergmans, in cooperation with Royal Crystal Leerdam, has creatively designed the Light Blub Lamps. These Light Blubs are member of her on-going Design Virus series. They are actually hand blown crystal light bulbs equipped with LEDs by Solid Lighting Design. These lamps have a unique and imperfect shape, making them quite unusual but one-of-a-kind lighting fixtures that make for conversational home decor.
Mirage Fluorescent Table Lamp by De-Signum
Designers at the De-Signum Studio Lab have made this strange and wonderful lighting fixture called as the Mirage table lamp. Created for Kundalini in Italy, the fluorescent table lamp features two different diffusers. The one on the front gives a beautiful holographic effect. When lit, an illusion of a 3D conventional table lamp is created that keeps the viewer wondering. The soft fluorescent glow of its light adds to the ambience of the room.
Tel Aviv based designer Meirav Barzilay has brought together nature as well as technology in this innovative and artistic lighting fixture. Named as the ‘Photosynthesis lamp’, the design exhibits a simple metal grid that consists of energy saving light bulb with a vine at its base. The entire arrangement is eco-friendly with the plant growing naturally under the soft light of the bulb.
Alien Abduction Lamp
The unusual Alien Abduction Lamp would adorn any geek’s den in a great way. Drawing inspiration from the UFOs of 1950s movies, designer Lasse Klein has creatively invented this Alien Abduction Lamp with four varied functions. The functions include ‘Off’, ‘Cockpit only’ where the cockpit light pulses and phases through yellow and green lights, ‘Beam only’ where it looks as if the bottom of the saucer gives out a steady beam and ‘All On’ where the Cockpit pulses and phases whilst the beam glows steady. The UFO is made of steel with a pearly black finish whereas the light beam that rests on a counterfeit grass circle is made of perpex.
The Madylight is yet another unusually interesting lamp that draws inspiration from the sci-fi movies and videogames. This marvelous lighting fixture is the brainchild of designer Greg Madison. He has interpreted his fantasies of gadget patterns and magic spells into this illuminating lamp that makes out to be a perfect home decorating lamp that will unquestionably give a second look.
Last but not the least in the list of bizarre lamps comes the ‘Ropes lamps’. German designer Christian Haas designs these illuminating ropes. The designer innovatively combined soft and smooth textile like string with LED-technology. Each one of these one of a kind rope strings are handmade either in Germany or France. A gentle light is diffused into the room whenever you lit the string. Every rope varies in size, technique and number.