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Lamps with Personality

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We all need light in the darkness, but the variety of lamps available can boggle the mind. Anything can be made into a lamp, if you can attach a battery or run an electrical cord through it. The lamps you display in your home say something about your personality, so choose carefully. Here are some I've taken a shine to.

The Abduction Lamp was designed by Lasse Klein and is not yet available for sale. Otherwise, I'd have one ordered already! The cow or a human will be an add-on accessory.

Kelly Butler at Tramp Lamps (a "dangling bordello of unmentionables") makes lighting out of vintage lingerie and corsets. What looks like either a work of art or a public display of laundry during the day will fill a room with a sultry glow at night.

More illumination, after the jump.

Gooseneck lamps can be made to resembled anything flexible or somewhat curved. This Spinal-column Lamp has become somewhat of a hit in chiropractors' offices. Flexible? Of course!


I bought this Robot Desk Lamp by Holmes for my brother for Christmas. It shines a light from its face, and holds your pens and other tools in its adjustable arms. It was once in stores all over, but doesn't seem to be avilable anywhere now.

The Wet Lamp has a light bulb submerged in water! A silver rod acts as a dimmer switch when it is adjusted into the water. This might scare you (it does me), but the site says it is safe. Still, I can imagine a cat or a child knocking this off the furniture and watching it shatter while plugged in.

A lightbulb doesn't have to have a shade when it's this clever. The Lamp Lamp is a 30 watt lightbulb that can be used in any standard socket, guaranteed to draw stares and smiles.

Sleekness and usability come together in the Mini-Z LED Desk Lamp. It has six adjustable joints, 40 energy-efficient LEDs, and takes up almost no room. Too bad it's not available right now.

Make your own White Trash Lava Lamp from a glass jug and an old saucepan. The point to this would be mainly to prove you could do it, but the author cautions that it could be dangerous. I'd take his word for it.

Instructables will show you how to make this lampshade out of trash. Trash meaning printed paper and coffee grounds.

You might have a stack of old CDs, or possibly all those discs AOL is constantly sending out. Recycle them into a lamp! The plastic used to make a disc thick enough to handle is horizontally transparent and a flourescent tube gives a soft glow. Jim Watters has instructions for making your own, using either an AC cord or batteries.

TheANIMEX is a new lighting system inspired by the bioluminescence of deep-sea animals, a process combining two chemicals to produce light without heat. TheANIMEX features an LED layer and a reflective layer, which combine to produce 3D effects in space. It can be designed to cover a variety of surfaces, such as buildings, walls, and even furniture!

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AI Tool From West Elm Suggests Furniture to Match Your Pinterest Tastes
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Curating a Pinterest board is often more fun—and always less expensive—than filling a space with actual furniture. Now, there’s a new tool from West Elm designed to put your time spent pinning decor ideas to practical use. As Fast Company reports, the home retail brand’s Pinterest Style Finder uses an AI algorithm to recommend furnishings that best suit your tastes.

Users start by pasting the URL of a Pinterest board they love, whether it’s their own or someone else’s, into the web tool. Then, they select a category of furnishings to browse through, such as bedroom, kitchen, or office.

That’s when the AI gets to work: A neural network powered by the startup Clarifai analyzes the images and finds products in West Elm’s catalogue that match the style. If you input a board of boho-chic furniture, for example, the tool brings up reclaimed wood nightstands and funky quilts. Search for products related to your vintage kitchen board and you’ll get retro stools and mid-century bar carts.

Of course, the results are limited to what’s in the retailer’s inventory, so if you would never shop at West Elm to begin with this may not be the tool for you. If you'd rather pick out furniture the old-fashioned way, here are some neural network-free design tips to follow.

[h/t Fast Company]

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Rental Furniture Company Offers Hip Design With Low Commitment
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When you're just starting out in a new apartment in a new place, compromising on furniture quality can be tempting. But shopping for flea-bitten sofas on Craigslist isn't the only way to find stuff you won't mind parting with once your lease is up. As The Verge reports, Feather is a startup that rents out chic furniture at reasonable prices.

The service, only available in New York and San Francisco for now, is geared toward Millennials, a generation that tends to choose renting over homeownership. Whether they're working gig-to-gig or jumping between sublets or cities, the lives of many twentysomethings are in a state of flux. Feather offers furniture choices that are as flexible as their customers' living situations.

"Maybe you want to furnish an entire apartment with your new roommates," the company's website reads. "Maybe you're testing out a new city and aren't ready to commit to staying … With Feather, you can have furniture there when you need and gone when you don't."

Unlike some rental services, Feather makes their products affordable without sacrificing style. Farmhouse dressers, tufted love-seats, and upholstered bed frames can all be rented for less than $50 a month. All Feather furnishings must be rented for a minimum period of three months and include a $99 delivery fee, a $99 pickup fee, and a $99 deposit (so if West Elm is having a sale, it may be a better bet after all for smaller items). And if you do decide to leave your apartment to move to a new city or travel the world, canceling your furniture lease is always an option.

[h/t The Verge]


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