Good day, design friends! Peggi here. I hope this beautiful October day finds you fully immersed in autumn’s glorious gifts. Dark, chilly mornings. Crunchy, colorful leaves. Thanksgiving theme scheming…Ha. We’ve got ample time for seasonal topics, but today I’ve got mushroom lamps on my mind. While I have seen versions mimicking actual fungus, I’m keen on the less literal iterations. The instantly recognizable tulip base and domed shade from the 60s and 70s have experienced a recent resurgence, and I dig it! Do you remember Sarah’s diy lamp makeover for her guest room? That rekindled my obsession with this modern, graphic shape. If you’re wondering how this distinctive style might work in your home, click through for more inspiring images, some helpful considerations, and a remarkably varied collection of mushroom lamps.
Now, I realize that some folks do not share my love of swanky 70s’ style nor my swashbuckling design ethos, so I tasked myself with unearthing mushroom lamps in a broad range of styles and materials. (Perhaps a four thousand dollar, gleaming chrome floor lamp isn’t for everyone.) In addition to the classic Italian mid century form, I discovered versions that lean cottage, coastal, Art Deco, organic, and modern. As for composition, brass, nickel, ceramic, stone, glass and wicker all make appearances-among others. Scroll on down, and see what you think.
Before you check out the collage, can we get a round of applause for this wavy, glossy olive green goodness? *fans self*
Click right on the images to be redirected to the source, or use the numbered links below to shop my finds.
01: swirly ivory glass // 02: brass and bamboo // 03: green glass and copper // 04: polished nickel // 05: bronze art deco // 06: blue ceramic // 07: oxblood metal // 08: teak and black // 09: stoneware and rattan // 10: portable polycarbonate // 11: brown enamel // 12: brutalist ceramic // 13: antiqued brass and black // 14: solid limestone // 15: black polycarbonate // 16: hand carved acacia // 17: tall vintage wicker // 18: natural wicker // 19: black marble and brass // 20: brown toleware // 21: purple swirl //
Welp. Choosing favorites from such an amazing assortment is no easy feat for this lamp enthusiast, but here goes. I pinned #2 eons ago; unlacquered brass plus radiating rattan? Glam-or-ous. Then we have #6. I am totally mesmerized by that azure lava glaze. I also love the simple, hand carved nature of #16 and the Jetsons’ vibe of #8. My nostalgic choice has to be #21 because 12 year-old Peggi dreamed of one just like it. Honestly, I can picture the perfect spot for each mushroom lamp here.
In case you’re curious, I’ll share some of the ideal locations I envision for this striking silhouette. Although I usually gravitate to lamps in pairs (like the gorg opening image), mushroom lamps really shine on their own. Picture that sublime nickel Art Deco masterpiece (#4) in a posh home office…productivity soars. Number three says grand millennial library- a hint of green to enliven all the chintz! Need a stellar statement for your entry? Welcome #14 to your California cool, mediterranean or modern space. What about a petite portable mushroom as a nightlight in a powder bath? Thoughtful and chic. I am dying to place a diminutive glass specimen in the kitchen because…funny. I’ll stop now, but you get the idea. These lamps deserve to be a feature!
If you’re still unsure about incorporating this unique shape into your aesthetic, focus on the materials instead. Are marble and brass found throughout your home? Then a mushroom lamp like numbers 5, 13, or 19 would feel harmonious but fresh. Maybe you crave texture. Look no further than numbers 9, 17 and 18. By choosing familiar and favored finishes, the novel profile seems less radical.
Thus concludes my mushroom lamp manifesto. What do you think? Are you a fellow devotee? I accept that I may get more jazzed about light fixtures than the average human. Thanks for your patience. Ha. I hope these examples in traditional, even historic, interiors showcase this form’s versatility. Could one of these lamps find a place in your home? You know I want to hear your thoughts and opinions in the comments! Until next time, friends.