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The Pratt Home Office

The Pratt Home Office

West Elm challenged 2 teams of ID students at the Pratt Institute to create eco-friendly office furniture using FSC certified materials; the resulting Pratt home office collection oozes responsible chic.

Leaf Personal Light

Leaf Personal Light

Yves Béhar’s striking LED Leaf light for Herman Miller allows the user to control the intensity and light color (warm or cool) by sliding a finger along a groove in the lamp base. (Thanks Ron!)

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Lightleafs OLED Bookmark

Lightleafs OLED Bookmark

Valentina Trimani’s brilliantly simple concept design combines the utility of a bookmark with low-voltage OLED illumination, so you can read your books while lying in the darkness of your bedroom.

Hand-Crank Eco-Twinkle Light

Hand-Crank Eco-Twinkle Light

Australian designer Kenan Wang based the hand-powered Eco-Twinkle light on old school manual pencil sharpeners. The light can be suspended from a string and has a foldable handle.

Flat Light Poster Lamp

Flat Light Poster Lamp

Made by UK-based artist Finn Magee, Flat Light has an embedded LED that makes it light up. Originally part of Magee’s Flat Life series, Flat Light is now on a limited edition run at the Moss Gallery.

Crystal LED Modular Lamp

Crystal LED Modular Lamp

This unusual lighting from QisDesign lets you magnetically snap together individual color-changing LED “crystal” pods to create unique fixtures to suit your liking.

Sensory Box Installation Art

Sensory Box Installation Art

In this projection-mapped installation by Alcatel-Lucent at the last Mobile World Congress, the public was invited into a cube filled with color and light to witness “transforming the mobile experience.”

Firefly Interactive Lighting

Firefly Interactive Lighting

Vincent Moreau and Kevin Riou have created Firefly, interactive lighting with behavior similar to an insect cloud. The light alternately disperses, merges and evolves through visitor movements.

Dorm Window Light Show

Dorm Window Light Show

Students at Wroclaw University of Technology in Poland converted the dorm windows of their building facade into their 4th entertaining light show complete with music and animation.

SCLW LED Guitar Picks

SCLW LED Guitar Picks

Guitar players looking for a way to stand out on stage, take a look at these LED picks from Santa Cruz Light Wells. The picks can even be used as a light-up metronome to keep you on beat.

Coil Lamp

Coil Lamp

From the the whole-is-much-greater-than-the-sum-of-its-parts file: Craighton Berman’s Coil Lamp, made from a 100′ extension cord that’s wrapped around a laser-cut clear acrylic form.

The Yellow Light Switch

The Yellow Light Switch

This concept light switch shows a map your home, with the location of lights indicated by light bulb icons. Pressing any of the icons turns on the corresponding light. What a bright idea.

Sleeping Biscuit Lamp

Sleeping Biscuit Lamp

There is a certain imperfect and asymmetric appeal in the harlequin-patterned Sleeping Biscuit lamp, made of unglazed porcelain, from Moscow-based designer Dima Loginoff.

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Lamponi’s Lamps

Lamponi’s Lamps

Lamponi’s Lamps are high-end, lighthearted lights; one-of-a-kind and made from vintage pieces, his lamps include everything from repurposed scooters to aluminum aircraft.

The Great JJ Lamp

The Great JJ Lamp

The office task lamp gets supersized with Itre’s Great JJ Lamp; nobody will be swiping this from your desk, assuming you can fit it on there: it stands 14 feet tall and is outdoor friendly.

Lexon Bamboo Gadgets

Lexon Bamboo Gadgets

Good news if you like your gadgets green: Lexon has released a rather large line of bamboo gadgets, appliances, and accessories including radios, calculators, and lighting.

Beer Bottle Lighting

Beer Bottle Lighting

99 bottles of beer on the wall ceiling: Tejas’ Beer Bottle Lights are made with empty bottles and 10 to 12 gauge steel; choices range from basic fixtures to a giant 40″ 2-tier pool chandelier.

Sealight Floor Lamp

Sealight Floor Lamp

Rechristen your living room the HMS Awesome with this Sealight Floor Lamp; based on a 19th century British marine light used to transmit Morse, it’s made with solid cast aluminum.

USB Lightsaber Lamp

USB Lightsaber Lamp

Always two there are, a lightsaber and a base: this 13.75″ USB Lightsaber Lamp not only lights up the Dark Side but detaches to do battle–when fully charged with The Force, of course.

14 Day Lantern

14 Day Lantern

This 14 Day Lantern will last longer than we will in the great outdoors; its LEDs will produce 160 lumens of light on 4 D batteries for up to 336 hours and will work even if dropped in water.

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HexoLight Party Lights

HexoLight Party Lights

Flash on, dude: HexoLights are red, yellow, and blue LED light pods that sync with any sound source including iPods any consoles; snap them together to build your own custom set-up.

DIY: Batlamp

DIY: Batlamp

While it may not be bright enough to signal the Dark Knight, this Batlamp is ideal for do-gooder decorating; made with cardboard and RGB LEDs, the lighting is controlled by Arduino.

Regen ReNu

Regen ReNu

Due out Spring 2010, the ReNu is an eco-friendly three-fer: the modular solar panel can power a Regen-designed iPod/iPhone dock, a speaker dock, or even an LED desk lamp.

Labware Lamps

Labware Lamps

They may look like beakers, but they’re just bulbs: Benjamin Hubert’s Labware Lamps are ideal for mad scientists; each stands 16″ high with both pendant and floor lamps available.

CTRL/SHIFT Key Lamps

CTRL/SHIFT Key Lamps

They look like regular keys, but these CTRL and SHIFT Key Lamps are ginormous; available in white or yellow, they use an LED and are intuitive: press down to turn them on/off.

Ink Cartridge Lamps

Ink Cartridge Lamps

It may be a little bit geeky, but you’ll be guaranteed the full color spectrum with this Ink Cartridge Lamp; it uses the same eight Epson K3 cartridges found in 7800 and 9800 series printers.

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