Table lamps are always tricky. They either look clinical and painfully put together or resemble some kind of cutesy animal that lights up when you press on its belly. There seem to be an infinite number of possibilities when it comes to overhead lighting and floor lamps&mdash. But Damm Design's Amanita (a.k.a the mushroom lamp) is a classy alternative to the boring and the childish.
The shades are made of hand spun copper and are also hand hammered for hours, as the website boasts. If anything, the texture might take away from the real-life mushroom look, but adds a little complexity to the simple design. The base is ash wood with a beeswax finish. All in all, the lamps resemble David Irwin's Rivet Lamps from the 2012 London Design Festival, with less shine.
Mushrooms are a lot like owls—people love to place them in "unexpected" places around the house for some added whimsy. And that can get old pretty quickly. But this lamp is just enough fun without going overboard.
The lamp is currently available in two sizes (tall and short) on Damm Design's website. What do you think—winner or wash?