We've found that stand-alone lighting — table and floor lamps of some design, but still distinctly masculine — is rather difficult to come by. There are the traditional styles that often feel out of place in your single-man apartment, looking like hand-me-downs from the family attic; and there are more modern fixtures, ranging from Ikea's bachelor essentials to futuristic designer one-offs, that quite frankly feel sterile. And unless you're in a high rise with wide-set windows, city life is often dim without said lighting when indoors.
But these handcrafted scupltures from across the way make less of all those concerns. Clancy Moore Design, an offshoot of Award-winning Irish architectural practice Clancy Moore Architects, introduced their Strand Lamps last fall at the London Design Festival. Inspired by metal workers in Portadown, Ireland — a city traditionally known as the "hub of the north" — and originally intended as gifts to clients, the designs (short and tall) received such a response that company namesakes Andrew Clancy and Colm Moore were encouraged to put them into production. And we're damn glad they did. For $500 to $800, they're a relatively reasonable addition to both bedroom and living space.