We’ve selected nine playful examples of take-anywhere lighting.

In this Nine to Know, we explore portable lamps from leading designers synonymous with compactness and convenience. Ready to accompany you inside and out, these portable lamps all share a conceptual approach to light, colour and form.

This feature originally appeared in est magazine issue #43

Marset Bicoca Table Lamp

The Marset Bicoca table lamp defies gravity with its detachable magnetic bottom, which allows it to be placed on any metal surface – even a wall. Its tilt-able shade can be used to direct warm ambient light anywhere in the room.

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The Flos Bellhop is a mushroom-shaped LED table-top lamp designed by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby for the London Design Museum. The lamp evokes the spirit of a modern-day candle, casting an intimate glow wherever it goes.

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Lanterns also make up the lineage of portable lights. Their form and function take a contemporary form in Miguel Milá’s Cestita table lamp.

est living robert plumb rosendahl soft spot solar light 01

As its name suggests, the robust Rosendahl Soft Spot solar light emits a soft flare using all renewable energy, making it perfect for outdoor use.

est living robert plumb marset follow me outdoor light

The Marset Follow Me outdoor light designed by Inma Bermúdex in Finland features timber handles and a durable matt white polycarbonate shade.

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