Elegant Wooden Whale Lamp

Designer Eduard Golikov has created an elegant wooden whale sculpture that doubles as an unconventional lighting solution. Crafted from birch wood, each piece is laser cut and assembled into a series of concentric shapes that form a sleek and stylized version of the beloved water-based creature. After its construction, Golikov coats the lamp in white paint and inserts an Edison bulb to cast a soft glow. The illuminated whale can be displayed a couple of ways. It can rest on a desk as a table lamp, but it’s also equipped with a suspension system—this allows it to float and seemingly “swim” in midair, adding a dream-like element to your space. Golikov sells these whimsical creatures in his Etsy shop.

Cracked Log Lamps by Duncan Meerding

Tasmania-based furniture designer Duncan Meerding loves the outback wilderness, which comes across in his work – his most popular pieces are simple logs whose natural cracks emit soft, warm light. Meerding is also legally blind (he retains 5% of his vision in his peripheries), so the use of light in his pieces helps him communicate how he sees the world. “Many of my designs reflect my interest in light and its dispersion, represented by my simplistic forms and different lighting designs,” he writes on his website. “Being legally blind, this vision of light emanating from the peripheries and the highly tactile nature of my work reflect the alternative sensory world within which I design.” At his design school, he learned to adapt by feeling the grain of the wood and listening to hear when his chisels stopped cutting properly. He works with a speaking tape measure that he calls his “old mate.” His cracked log lamps, as with many of his other pieces, are sourced from sustainable materials in order to preserve the wilderness that he loves so much. “My work should not merely be seen as something that looks nice, it should remind us of our intrinsic connection with nature and the effect that we have upon it.” Be sure to check out his online store, where he has glowing cracked log lamps and stools for sale!

Wooden Floor Lamp “Woobia” by ABADOC

Polish design studio ABADOC have designed a wooden floor lamp named Woobia. “It was created by an inspiration of a childish bow that one of our colleagues made of a wooden branch for his younger son. In the original version, the shape was more organic but as it happens in the design process, it has been simplified which resulted in the smoother character of this object. Its lampshade is turned on a Lathe from an alder wood which has been glued together. The hand-modelled body of lamp also contains wood blocks which are formed in small squares. As for choosing the material for the manufacturing process we do not avoid knots because we think that every form of wood has its own soul and can look beautiful. It also has an impact on the usage of materials so that only limited wood is needed to make an object. The natural look of Woobia is ideally suited to both modern and traditional arrangements. This lamp is also equipped with wheels so that one can easily move it everywhere in the given space. Facilities like handles and connectors are made from stainless steel. The light source is included in the energy-saving LED light bulb. Only this technology is completely safe and can cooperate with the wooden surface of the lamp. This entire wooden structure can be covered with natural oil or varnish.”