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Picky about lighting fixtures? Choose from 1,607,045 possible combinations with the BuiltBy Lamp.
Thu, Dec 18, 2008 at 10:42 AM
Remember Bob Clark’s 1983 film, A Christmas Story? It’s a hard flick to avoid this time of year, but in case you’ve forgotten here’s a refresher. The two most memorable scenes in the movie involve A. a tongue and a frozen flagpole and B. the arrival of cinema’s most notorious anatomically correct piece of furniture: “the Leg Lamp.” I’ll be the first to admit, the Leg Lamp worked in an “amazing-as-long-as-something-like-that-never-enters-my-home” kind of way. Call it high kitsch, call it a disaster, or call it sublime, the thing wouldn’t even look good as décor in the slummiest of frat houses or in a TGI Friday’s washroom.
The Leg Lamp is an extreme example of bad lighting fixtures, but it does remind me that giving the gift of light is indeed a risky business. Like any other piece of interior décor, one’s aesthetic taste in lighting can vary wildly. This is what makes Inhabit
’s BuiltBy Lamp
(from $168) such a bright idea: you can’t go wrong with 1,607,045 possible design combinations. Exercise complete creative control by custom designing
your BuiltBy Lamp from a vast selection of shapes, finishes, and colors. Not feeling inspired? Choose from a pre-designed model
. The lamp bodies are crafted from recycled wood fibers with no added formaldehyde and the paints and stains used are VOC-free. It’s up to you as to what kind of 60-watt light bulb you choose, but I’m thinking to keep in line with the eco-friendly, DIY spirit, go with a CFL.
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