One should never underestimate the power of good lighting. When it comes to interiors, furniture may be king, but lighting is definitely its queen, with its quiet ability to set up the mood and give soul to a particular space.
Incorporating natural elements when decorating has always appealed to me, and after some sleuthing around, I’ve stumbled upon these fantastic lamps which imitate nature. Created by designers who’ve managed to bring the outdoors inside, these lovely, nature-themed lighting options will undoubtedly be the focus of everyone’s attention in any room they’re hanging in.
Cloud Lamp by Richard Clarkson
If you think you’d never want a raincloud hovering over your head, designer Richard Clarkson begs you to reconsider with his Cloud, “an interactive lamp and speaker system designed to mimic a thundercloud in both appearance and entertainment.” This fiber-filled cloud has a built-in Arduino micro controller that allows the Cloud to track and react to your movements with a lighting and thunder show. It can also change colors, stream your music, act as a nightlight, and generally make you the happiest person alive.
Starry Sky Lamp by Anagraphic
Urban dwellers trapped in high-rise apartments: rejoice! Anagraphic’s Starry Light lets you stargaze inside your own flat. This dome-shaped lamp illuminates a celestial constellation onto your walls and ceiling, while managing to project a strong downwards light at the same time. This is a collaboration between graphic designer Anna Farkas and interior designer Milkós Batisz, and all lamps are handmade in Budapest. You can also have them customized, depending on what stars you want aligning your home.
Forest Lamp by Hilden & Diaz
Artists Thyra Hilden & Pio Diaz’ light sculpture transforms rooms into a creepy forest with their Forms in Nature. This forest chandelier is made up of branches and root forms, playing with the intensity of light: a stronger light creates more intense shadows, while a dimmer light mimics a forest fire.
Jellyfish Lamps by Roxy Russell
Jellyfish are fascinating creatures, and doesn’t Roxy Russell know it! The California-based designer brings us her Medusae Pendant Lamps; her ode to the growing problem of plastic pollution our oceans face today. Her collection comes in four forms: Medusa, Polyp, Hydra, and Ophelia, created by laser-cutting polyester mylar pieces into these fascinating otherworldly shapes.
Bucket Light by Roderick Vos
I’m a big fan of greenery in rooms, so Dutch designer Roderick Vos’ Bucketlight Lamps get my vote! He beautifully incorporates plant life and lights, which can be hung from the ceiling with the help of a reinforced electrical cable. These lamps were born due to the lack of floorspace in Vos’ work space/showroom, and it’s definitely a great way to provide a refreshing breath of fresh air to small spaces.
Mushroom Lights by Yukio Takano
Is it safe to say that Japanese designer Yukio Takano is obsessed with mushrooms? After taking a peek at his Japanese-only website, The Great Mushrooming, I’d say yes. Takano is the creator of the adorable battery-operated mushroom lamps, made of LED lights, discarded driftwood, and a whole lot of talent and imagination. Unfortunately, these lamps are too fragile to be transported by mail, so you’ll have to check them out during your next trip to Japan.