Here’s a good Christmas present for the impossibly picky design snobs in your life: a kit that’ll let them customize their own damned lamp.
Light_Ness, by the polymathic Dutch design agency UXUS, includes everything one might need to make a stylish table or pendant lamp: a flattened wood frame, a cord, a light bulb, and neon orange tape. Assembly’s dead simple. Unfold the frame, attach the cord, then wrap the tape around the frame in whatever pattern you please to create a sui generis lamp shade.
The kit costs 120 euros, or about $161. That might seem pretty steep for what’s essentially a pile of wood and tape. But if you think about it, it’s a lot cheaper than the designy lamps sold at FLOS and DWR--which your fussy friends would probably return anyway.
To buy a kit, ping the designers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
[Images courtesy of UXUS; hat tip to Design Milk]