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Wanted: A Kit That Lets Picky Jerks Design Their Own Damn Lamps

UXUS’s Light_Ness kit of parts turns consumers into designers.

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Here’s a good Christmas present for the impossibly picky design snobs in your life: a kit that’ll let them customize their own damned lamp.

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Light_Ness, by the polymathic Dutch design agency UXUS, includes everything one might need to make a stylish table or pendant lamp: a flattened wood frame, a cord, a light bulb, and neon orange tape. Assembly’s dead simple. Unfold the frame, attach the cord, then wrap the tape around the frame in whatever pattern you please to create a sui generis lamp shade.

The kit costs 120 euros, or about $161. That might seem pretty steep for what’s essentially a pile of wood and tape. But if you think about it, it’s a lot cheaper than the designy lamps sold at FLOS and DWR–which your fussy friends would probably return anyway.

To buy a kit, ping the designers at info@uxusdesign.com.

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[Images courtesy of UXUS; hat tip to Design Milk]

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Suzanne LaBarre is the editor of Co.Design. Previously, she was the online content director of Popular Science and has written for the New York Times, the New York Observer, Newsday, I.D

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