Sunday, May 11, 2008
Scissor Arm Lamps
Every since I posted this kitchen picture almost a year ago, I have been yearning for some wall lamps like the ones shown for my bedside table. At the time, I could only find one similar lamp on an antiques website, and they were described as "concertina arm" lamps. Recently, however, I discovered another name for them -- "scissor arm lamps -- and have since been able to find many other versions that I thought I would share with you.
Most of these are dearly held antiques, like this first from Found Objects of Industry:
The best collection is from RadioGuy:
And if the sconce doesn't do it for you, how about a floor lamp?
Or a desk lamp?
I also just spotted this type of lamp used *exactly* the way I want to use it by designers Nickey Kehoe
The good news with these scissor arm lamps is they are making a comeback, so they are available in moderate prices from at least two sources (mark my words -- I'm betting Pottery Barn or Restoration Hardware will have these within a year...).
The first is a slightly more modern interpretation:
I don't care for the shade, but it's only $160 at Lamps Plus. (It looks black, but it's actually a leaded bronze finish.)
The other is from previously mentioned hometown favorites Architects and Heroes. There's no price listed, but I would guess less than $300 based on the prices of their other sconces.
Aren't they fun? And practical? Just imagine how much more space you'll have for books (or a Nixie Tube Clock) on your bedside table when you mount one of these above it. I know I am!