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These Celestial Lamps Expertly Reflect and Soften Light

Halo-like discs and mushroom-top shades adjust the light to your liking

Australian designer Ross Gardam released two unusual and adjustable lamp models at last month's Ventura Lambrate fair in Milan that are sure to delight the consummate lighting—and design—enthusiast.

The Polar is not your typical table lamp. Instead of a shade, the Polar features a circular disk attached to the body of the lamp by magnet that arcs over its base. Inspired by the form and movement of the sun's seasonal phases, the lamp allows the user to direct the light, which emanates from the top of the cylindrical ceramic base, to either illuminate or shade a particular spot. The face of the disk is available in polar white, midnight blue, dusk pink, and a gold mirrored finish.

While the Polar lamp employs a flat disc to distribute light, the Aura desk lamp uses a traditional mushroom-like shade—also attached to the base by an ingenious magnetic joint—that orbits 360° and tilt-adjusts in many positions. This sleek lamp, an embodiment of pure design and function, is made from precision-milled aluminum and anodized gold and is limited to a run of 25 pieces, each individually numbered.