Brighten up your books with the Ingo Maurer Oskar light
Lighting Ideas for Your Home
As of this fall, the noted cardboard prestidigitators at Graypants (SoDo, 3220 First Ave., No. 400, by appointment; 206.420.3912; graypants.com), Jonathan Junker and Seth Grizzle, have added standing lamps to their signature Scraplights line. We wouldn’t be a bit surprised if these earthbound iterations gain the following already enjoyed by their suspended siblings. Not only do the new floor and table lamps (approximately $350–$1,000; order online) feature eco-chic shades composed of the same locally sourced, salvaged cardboard, but they’re sure to cast a reassuring glow wherever they are employed, be it on a desk or countertop or tucked in next to an isolated armchair.
When it comes to an easy, energy-efficient and cost-effective way to give a stylish boost to your home’s most oft overlooked dark places—countertops, cabs, cases and shelves—look no farther than the Swedish smarties at Ikea (601 SW 41st St., Renton; 425.656.2980; ikea.com) and their Dioder LED light strips ($29.99–$39.99 for a four-pack). Not to mention their battery-operated Dioder LED drawer lamp ($14.99), which is sensor-activated to smartly shut off five seconds after the drawer is closed. (FYI, batteries are sold separately.)
Long a magnet for lovers of American retro lighting, Rejuvenation (SoDo, 2910 First Ave. S; 206.382.1901; rejuvenation.com) has a new line that also happens to be a perfect modern-design mate. Its O.C. White industrial lamps ($835–$1,700) are an exclusive reissue of Otis Converse White’s 1900s factory lights, once upon a time found bolted to gritty work surfaces and machinery. (Underscoring their authenticity, the lamps are even manufactured in O.C. White’s Massachusetts factory.) Available in a variety of floor and table forms (including a handy clamp-on model), the lamps feature sturdy cast-iron parts, a nearly tip-proof base and a microphone stand’s slim, architectural silhouette. The lamps, which can be fitted with a simple glass shade or a beautifully bare filament bulb, are not only eminently task oriented and easily adjustable for height and angle, but are a sublime lighting solution for almost any tight space or gloomy corner.
Ideal for snug spaces, be it a desk or shelf, is David Weeks’ new petite, perky white task Pearson clip lamp ($265) at Design Within Reach (Belltown, 1918 First Ave.; 206.443.9900; dwr.com). A modern classic, the Ingo Maurer Oskar light ($544) at Inform Interiors (South Lake Union, 300 Dexter Ave. N; 206.622.1608; informseattle.com) features a Minority Report–esque silver-metal adder-shaped head and snaking arm attached to a slender volume that can be slipped seamlessly into a bookshelf. New this year (not shown) is the high-tech Led’s Oskar ($641), an LED version in black, with a flat square head.