Used to own one of these red Swingline staplers, it looked cool on the desk but I never used it so I donated it to a thrift store when I moved a few years ago. Now if it had the everyday functionality of a lamp, I probably would’ve kept it.
Really simple design, it unfolds from a stapler to become a lamp. There’s no way it can retain stapler functionality due to the internal electrical wiring, but perhaps a solution could be found by people smarter than me (Edit: a “staperless” staple could be added, a suggestion from a reader).
Continue reading ➞ Office Space Desk Lamp
At first glance this is your typical LED desk lamp, with adjustable arm and pivoting light, nothing special. You park it by the couch or bed, and it blends into the scenery. But upon closer inspection this lamp becomes a handy device for for Switch gamers.
In reality it’s a cradle/mount for the Switch console. The handheld can be attached to either side of the light casing using its Joy-Con connectors. You can also charge the Switch by plugging it into a USB port on the ‘neck’ of the lamp. Charging is indicated by a small red light.
The lamp affords an elevated and adjustable display, allowing you to just hold a controller while sitting in bed or on the couch. And if you want to lie down, the screen could be placed directly overhead. The future is now, couch potatoes.
Here’s a Ghostbusters lamp that is illuminated by optical fiber, similar to this. If I ever did a gallery show (ha!), this would be one of my fancy pieces.
Here is a lamp design based on the claw crane game from the first Toy Story film, and it features a “captured” alien that you pull to turn the light on or off. It is the silliest thing I have ever posted.
The mockup above is on the small side to get the idea across, however I would prefer a large lamp populated by many alien dudes. You could even make the lower half a table, and the top half the lamp, if you get my drift. Either way a larger lamp would look closer in scale to its onscreen counterpart (which looks exactly like this, except it has glass partition supporting the top part of the rocket).
Bonus idea: originally I thought the captive-alien-in-a-claw would work as a necklace/pendant, similar to the Zelda design from a few months back.
Sony released a 30th Anniversary Blu-Ray Edition for Ghostbusters last week, and it features a statue of Slimer and the Ghostbusters logo. I can’t tell if that Slimer statue is dirty, or if I have a dirty mind. Anyways, I would’ve just made a snap case from the Ghostbusters sign:
At almost 1.5″ thick, there is plenty of room in this case for additional discs, booklets, and even batteries and LED lights for a light-up feature. I’d also include mounts on the spine so you can hang it on the wall like a clock, allowing this case to function like the actual Ghostbusters sign.
Thanks to Netflix I recently revisited Justice League Unlimited, and finally got acquainted with Batman: The Brave And The Bold. Both series feature Booster Gold and his sidekick, a hovering robot named Skeets.
Continue reading ➞ Skeets Lamp
The missile upgrades spread throughout Planet Zebes in Super Metroid were encased in a glass dome (well, I think they were glass domes), so I always thought they’d make for a nice display piece. And what better display than a lamp?
It probably wouldn’t be a full-on lamp mind you. Just an ambient light, something that could be used as a night light or just decoration. If it were up to me, they’d be solar-powered and would also have a light sensor to activate when it gets dark.
Also it couldn’t be a life-size replica, otherwise it would be 2-feet tall (they were 1/3 of Samus’ height in the game). Personally I’d like these to be about the size of a coffee mug, so I can leave several throughout my home.