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Design Trend: Portable / Cordless Lamps

In the past few years we have seen more and more portable light design appearing on the market. This is a welcome trend – cables can be hugely unattractive and the need to move a lamp around is dictated by our modern life styles. The versatility of a rechargeable portable lamp means this is a growing market. So what’s available out there right now? I have discovered some very attractive cordless lights suitable for different budgets.

Carrie Lamp, Menu


In Denmark, where winters are cold and long, creating a warm, cozy atmosphere is a way of life. There is even a Danish word for it – hygge. The idea behind the Carrie LED Lamp is to honour hygge in the context of modern living. Lightweight and portable with a USB charger, the possibilities of the lamp are endless. Use it as a bedside lamp, on an office desk or as an alternative to candles on the dining table. Carrie is also perfectly sized for picnicking in the park, festival-going or moonlit walks on the beach.

You can purchase Carrie Lamp here.

PC Portable Lamp, Hay

Pierre Charpin’s PC Portable Lamp is a refined and portable freestanding lamp for indoor and outdoor use. Constructed in robust plastic and featuring a matte scratch- and water- resistant finish, its battery-powered design gives the freedom and flexibility to move it anywhere. The light source is hidden from view by a polycarbonate diffuser, available with both downlight and ambient output options, depending on the desired use. The PC Portable Lamps are available in a variety of colour variants and are ideal for table lighting in domestic environments, as well as at cafés, restaurants and other public areas.

You can purchase PC Portable Lamp here.

Book Light, Gingko

Cordless lamp Ginko

When closed, Gingko’s Book Light masquerades as a laser-cut wooden book, but when opened it transforms into a sculptural light emitting a wonderful ambient white LED light through the pages. Inside you will find tear-proof and water-resistance soft white “pages” powered by LED lights. The beautiful, exquisite design opens to full 360 degrees with cleverly concealed magnets. The battery will take approximately 3-4 hours to charge and the battery will last about 7-8 hours on constant use.

You can purchase Gingko’s Book Light here.

Setago Table Light, &tradition

‘Seta’ – the Spanish word for mushroom – sets the tone for the diminutive, mushroom-like proportions of this quirky table lamp. But a further clue to its identity is signified by the suffix ‘go’ because this portable lamp – unburdened by an electrical cord – can literally move anywhere. Additional design features include a discreet gold dimmer and a stylish upward curve on the lamp shade’s brim 

You can purchase Setago Table Light here.

Minipipistrello, Martinelli Luce

Cordless lamp Minipipistrello

A cult design object, the Pipistrello lamp is constantly renewing itself. Thanks to LED technology, the Minipipistrello is now available in a portable, dimmable, cordless version with rechargeable battery and touch sensor. Minipipistrello is ready to go anywhere you want, for a romantic dinner, a date on the terrace, as an ideal companion for limitless living.

You can purchase Minipipistrello Lamp here.

Bolleke Wireless Lamp, Fatboy

Cordless lamp bolleke

Cordless, portable and rechargeable. Creating light wherever you like! The basic design gives all the elementary components the opportunity to flourish.For example, when illuminated, the iconic round shape resembles a pearl. Thanks to its even contours, Bolleke creates uniform light in any space. Light is equally distributed throughout the entire lamp. A technology specially designed by Fatboy. The soft rubber siliconbuttons are subtly integrated into the design. They match the colour of the loop, which was inspired by the hair elastics and sailing binder smart systems. You can tie Bolleke as easily as your hair or the sail on a yacht. With three different light settings, Bolleke stands out against any backdrop. This makes Bolleke a stylish and smart light that is at home anywhere.

You can purchase Bolleke Wireless Lamp here.

Nox Light, Alfredo Häberli

Cordless lamp Nox

Named after the Latin word for night, Nox encourages the user to move it around to embellish and brighten up a space both indoor and out. Nox is composed of four elements: a charging base, an anodised aluminium body containing the charging system, a hand-blown opaline glass diffuser, and a simple handle. Featuring a touch dimmer, Nox can provide ample light for reading but also a cosy soft light for a dinner party when dimmed. Ideal as a bedside lamp, Nox can be picked up and carried to any part of the home it is needed and with its lux materiality also makes the perfect centrepiece for a dining table.

You can purchase Nox Light here.

Follow Me Lamp, Marset

Cordless lamp follow-me-dinner1

This daring pioneer of portable lighting has become a design icon in just a few short years. Its simple, airy lines, its tilting shade and its varying light intensity have established it as a beautiful and practical lamp. Now, FollowMe takes a step further by offering an expanded collection with several colours: pink, blue, terracotta and green. The handle is still made of wood, painted in this case.

You can purchase Follow Me Lamp here.

Cestita Bateria Lamp, Santa & Cole


Cestita Batería is the new member of the Cesta family: a portable, cordless version. This version champions industrial craftsmanship, by combining functionalism and the legacy of local artisan creation. With this new version, the lamp’s features are enhanced with the help of technology. Keeping with the family’s warmth and spirit, it features an opal glass shade supported by a beautiful cherry wooden structure. It is produced manually by European craftsmen, using traditional, steam bending techniques for the wood, and glassblowing techniques for its opal shade. Cestita Batería is a lantern that creates a beautiful ambience anywhere; depicting Chinese shadows in the garden, or emanating light from any corner.

You can purchase Cestita Bateria Lamp here.


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