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Lighten Up

Lamps do for a room what shoes do for an outfit: They make the look or break it. Here, a selection of styles that are sure to light up your space and brighten your spirits.

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Mathmos Modern's Tumbler is an indoor-outdoor, rechargeable bricklike lamp, available in either of two very cool styles. One phases into nine different colors at slow, medium, and fast speeds. The other changes colors when you simply flip it over ($80).
The Terence Conran Shop
407 East 59th Street
212-755-9079

We love designer Marcel Wanders because of lamps like this one, called B.L.O. As the name implies, it switches on and off when someone blows (hard!) on it. In three translucent colors (yellow, dark gray, and blue) and matte silver ($109).
Moss
146 Greene Street
212-226-2190

A string of five exposed bulbs makes up Butter's Daisy Chain table lamp. It can hang, as shown, or be twisted to form other spirally designs ($250).
The Apartment
101 Crosby Street
212-219-3661
Totem
71 Franklin Street
212-925-5506

This simple glass cylinder is very right-now, while the bulb with exposed filaments harks back to Thomas Edison's time. We like the old-fashioned bulb, but you can replace it with a standard one ($165).
Mxyplyzyk
125 Greenwich Avenue
212-989-4300

It's time to toss the tacky $19.99 torchère you've had since college and embrace adulthood with the Luxmaster, designed by Jasper Morrison for Flos. You can control both the direction and the intensity of the light by adjusting the height and the shade (which rotates) and sliding the built-in dimmer ($375).
MSK Illuminations
235 East 57th Street
212-888-6474

Thank goodness Cardinal Product's Mushroom table lamp doesn't actually resemble its namesake. It's cute and colorful, with a choice of either blue or green honeycomb shade. And at this price, you can buy both ($30).
Basics Furniture
92 Seventh Avenue, near 16th Street
212-691-5595

Biproduct's latest product is this so-called Stacking Acrylic Light (the lights don't actually stack). Available in yellow-orange, orange-red, and green-blue color combinations in both table and hanging versions ($390).
Terminal-NYC
28 Watts Street
212-219-3411
Totem
71 Franklin Street
212-925-5506

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