$175, by L-Lamp
Venice, California designer David Kitz first designed the L-Lamp while he was an art student at UCLA. He perfected the first prototypes in his ceramics class and later named it after the distinctive L-shape of the base. The modern lamp combines a soft-glowing, 30-40 watt carbon filament lightbulb with a simple, glazed porcelain base. It's got cork feet to protect any delicate surfaces you might place it on, and brightness is controlled by a rotary switch—eliminating the need for a lampshade. It also comes with a handy wall-mounting kit, but it looks just as attractive hanging out on your desk, side table or nightstand. Available in a variety of colors, even the braided cloth cord is aesthetically pleasing. Think of it as a no-nonsense lamp for nighttime ambience or evening reading.