Designed by Federico Floriani, the Italian industrial and graphic designer behind Cargo Collective, the 123 Lamp challenges the conventional idea of what a desk light looks like. Instead of a lightbulb, the lamp has a solid oak orb or tube embedded with LEDs. The wooden component can stand on wire legs or rest on the desk itself. The wire legs are painted black or mint green and come with matching electrical cord. Easily assembled and altered, the design speaks to contemporary desires for personal involvement and flexibility as well as abstraction.

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Holly

Holly is a poet from Kentucky. She grew up first in a Sears house, then on a farm. She studied English and Gender Studies at Mount Holyoke College and moved to Manhattan for love. As an occasional jewelry-maker and museum patron, Holly favors wearable and functional design but is eager to see work that challenges her aesthetics. Read more and connect by visiting her blog, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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