4 Fun Floor Lamps

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Image (1): CB2

It’s an occupational hazard for anyone who is really passionate about interior design: we see way too many tragic fads – and just plain bad ideas – being shown off in our favorite blogs and magazines. One of my personal pet peeves is the use of floor lamps that are designed to look like gigantic versions of desk or table lamps. I mean, I like playing around with the scale used in a room’s elements as much as the next designer, but the gigantic desk lamps have never been something I’ve thought worked. (No offense to anyone reading this who may have one; the taste level of our readers is superb, so I’m sure if you have a floor lamp like I’m describing you’ve also found a way to successfully work it into your décor!) I think most of the designers who use that type of fixture do it to inject a bit of fun or whimsy into the space, so I wanted to share a few of my favorite fun floor lamps, in hopes that these might catch on too.

The Atomic Lobster

With its big, metal, lobster-red shade and curvaceous stand, this first example (shown above) manages to bring a smile, while also bringing plenty of style. Seen in this otherwise more traditional setting, you can tell that the Atomic Lobster plays well with others. (Be sure to take a look at that very interesting art piece on the wall, too.)

The Toto Cube Lamp

Fun Floor Lamps

Image (2): Karin Kohlberg on Elle Décor

With the ability to do double duty as both a floor lamp and a side table, this minimalist cube of light is perfect in a pared down setting such as the bathroom.

The Parentesi

Fun Floor Lamps

Design & Image (3): Minna Jones on Scandinavian Deko

This floor lamp’s name is Italian for “parenthesis,” and it looks like one, doesn’t it? Maybe a Cubist parenthesis, but that’s for another post. What I like about this industrial beauty is how closely form follows function.


Fun Floor Lamps

Image (4): Kundalini

I know what (some of) you are thinking: how does this fun floor lamp evoke the late Argentine muse of stage and screen? But we are once again translating from Italian (those Italians really know how to design), where “evita” means “avoid.” Now you get it, right? Tell me you get it…

Would you pass on the giant desk lamp for one of these fun floor lamps?

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Dave Hime, founder/curator of JapaneseTrash.com, has been an interior design addict for as long as he can remember. In 2005, he bought a house-in-progress and missed several opportunities to have an influence on his own home decor–leaving him wanting more. With design heroes such as Blake Dollahite (ruraltheory.com) and Robert & Cortney Novogratz (thenovogratz.com), Dave began seeking out online resources that would exemplify the interior design practices he's most drawn to: using color, texture and simple materials well. Bringing all of this together, along with his specific focus on providing interior design inspiration from a man's point of view, is Dave's mission: masculine design.