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.
Bellhop Table lamp, Flos
Designed by the designer duo Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, this wireless polycarbonate lamp can be moved easily and adapts to all your requirements. Nicknamed the “modern candle”, the Bellhop lamp offers a gentle and warm light which will be ideal for a romantic dinner, an evening cocooning or even as a night light in a child’s bedroom.
You can purchase Bellhop lamp here.
Linnut Siiri LED Wireless lamp, Magis
Night birds … The collection of ”Linnut” lamps (birds in Finnish) is the result of a collaboration between Magis and the prestigious Finnish brand Iittala. These lamps are inspired by the iconic “Birds” collection of blown glass birds, designed by Oiva Toikka and produced by Iittala since the 70s. Famous all over the world, these glass birds are considered true works of art. The birds of Oiva Toikka become rechargeable wireless lamps and soothe us with their attractive diffused light. These light sculptures faithfully reproduce their original design. Mobile and with no cables, these lamps can be taken out onto the terrace to light up a summer dinner, or placed in a child’s room to provide a friendly glow during the night. Linnut can also perch in an entrance to welcome you home. Magis’ Linnut lamps are the result of advanced materials research. Traditional blown glass has been replaced by roto-moulded polycarbonate. This moulding process combined with polycarbonate material produces an effect very similar to blown glass.
Pricier than other lamps included into my shortlist, I absolutely love these and think these are really special. You can purchase Linnut Siiri here.
Mooon! Wireless Lamp, Fermob
Inspired by public street lamps from the 19th century, its form is understated and modern. Ultra light (750g) and suitable for outdoor use, it is a real portable lamp which can be moved as you like, from the house to the garden, from the dining table to the bedside table… The subtle pressure button located on the base lets you choose the light temperature (warm or cold). These two temperatures create two different lighting moods: the “warm white’’ lighting (yellow hue) is very warm, while the “cold white” lighting (blue hue) renders the surrounding colours with greater precision. It is equipped with a Dim-up and Dim down option for gradual illumination of the light.
You can purchase Mooon! light here.
Book Light, Gingko
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
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.
Alabast Wireless Lamp, Carpyen
The Spanish designer, Jordi Veciana is introducing alabaster to the world of modern design. The Alabast lamp takes on the archetypal outline of a flask, while stripping it back. It is made of a single piece of alabaster. When the light is switched on, the lampshade becomes slightly translucent and lights up, highlighting the delicate veins. This material effect creates a wonderful contrast of light and shade.
You can purchase Alabast lamp here.
Bolleke Wireless Lamp, Fatboy
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.
Banana Daisy Wireless lamp, Seletti
These luminous sculptures shaped like peeled bananas, evocative of the American Pop Art movement, were created by the Belgian artists at Studio Job. The Banana lamps were created initially in limited editions for the Art Light exhibition at the Carpenters Workshop Gallery in Paris. Seletti then decided to mass-produce these wacky, offbeat lamps, replacing the bronze with golden resin. The long, slender diffuser is made of glass.
You can purchase Banana Daisy lamp here.
Follow Me Lamp, Marset
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.
Clover Wireless lamp, Lexon
An amazing, colored and very convenient nomade lamp to accompany you wherever you want! Designed by Ionna Vautrin, the Clover light is very contemporary and can be suspended everywhere. It can be recharged (2h) through its USB port. Then, it works independently for 5 to 7 hours.
You can purchase Clover lamp here.
Bicoca Wireless lamp, Marset
This wireless polycarbonate lamp sports a simple, amusing yet elegant silhouette. It comes in an attractive range of on-trend colours. Its tilting lampshade allows you to direct the light where you want it. The Bicoca lamp is perfect on a table for creating a soft lighting during meals. You can move it where you need it, for example as a small ambient light in your living room or entrance, a night light in a child’s bedroom or an additional source of light for reading on the sofa.
You can purchase Bicoca lamp here.