Our favorite house lamps from designers Johnathan Adler, Ingo Maurer and Isamu Noguchi.
Clamp $300, pablodesigns.com
Combining two basic elements—wood and light—designer Dana Cannam’s deceivingly simple combination of the natural and technological is both portable and versatile: The LED’s flat-packed parts work just as well standing or sitting.
Dora Maar $895, jonathanadler.com
Jonathan Adler, sculptor to the stars, mixes hippy and haute couture with an aesthetic that can be vaguely placed somewhere in the 60’s or 70’s, Venice Beach and Beverly Hills. This trippy model’s ceramic body is cast in unglazed white porcelain that glows in the warm light of the lamp, as you will too.
Chapo $495, usa.flos.com
Sharing its name with the world’s most notorious drug trafficker, gives you an idea of how bold Philippe Starck’s innovative table lamp is. Doubling as a hat stand, it can be repurposed in a second with your lid of choice—which will remain flame free since it’s an LED.
Comic Explosion $33,000, ingo-maurer.com
While comically expensive, this Roy Lichtenstein–like chandelier is no laughing matter. Getting his start as a graphic designer attracted creator Ingo Maurer to explore comics in this halogen-cardboard masterpiece. Definitely cooler than anything the Simpson Comic Book Guy owns.
Signal $299, cb2.com
This glamorously scaled version of a 1940’s studio source light turns any space into an instant casting room—and you know what happens there. A trio of carbon steel spots with a head that rotates 360 degrees on a sculptural tripod base will let you cast shadows like a cinematographer, too.
Snow $2,400, louispoulsen.com
Louise Campbell’s frosty acrylic fixture emits both a direct reading and general light so it’s equally as good for business as it is a party. The shade consists of varying white screen-printed snowflakes, positioned in order to avoid uncomfortable glare, which will give your home that cozy-yet-chic Aspen lodge look.
Superordinate Antler $6,100, dwr.com
Brooklyn-based (of course) designer Jason Miller’s incandescent candelabra can turn any room into a rustic speakeasy with its 12 molded ceramic deer antlers. Just add Pabst and Fernet Branca.
Akari Light Sculpture $750, shop.noguchi.org
Though he died in 1988, these 1951 icons by Isamu Noguchi, the Los Angeles–raised Japanese-American disciple of sculptor Constantin Brancusi, live on. Still handmade from washi paper and bamboo ribbing, they lend a Mr. Miyagi meets Bert Cooper aesthetic with light straight from the Land of the Rising Sun.