The Strange-Yet-Beautiful Bird Lamp That's Taken the Design World by Storm

The Strange-Yet-Beautiful Bird Lamp That's Taken the Design World by Storm

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Nancy Mitchell
Jan 25, 2017

The first time I saw this bird lamp, I thought it was a little strange. The second time, I found it oddly charming. By the fifth viewing or so, I was a little bit in love. Also, I was somewhat curious as to why designers kept plopping a lamp that looks like a birdcage into the most unlikely of interiors. But if you think about it, it actually makes a lot of sense. Modern design definitely tends towards the hyper-minimal, and in a minimal space, nothing is more welcome, and sets up a more welcome contrast, than something colorful and whimsical. The "put a bird on it" trend may be a bit tired, but these birds, as far as I'm concerned, are welcome to stay.

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The lamp, a creation of French designer Mathieu Challières originally launched in 2006, is available in multiple versions, including table lamps, floor lamps and sconces, and its name, volière, is French for aviary. The pendant version pictured up top and above can be purchased from Smallable for $660. (And if that seems a bit high, there are instructions for making a DIY version here.)

(Image credit: My Scandinavian Home)

Here's the lamp gracing a quite sedate interior from My Scandinavian Home, and adding just the right amount of playfulness and whimsy.

(Image credit: Planete Deco)

These lamps are, perhaps not unsurprisingly, quite popular for kids' rooms, like this one from Planete Deco.

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Here's the lamp in a Parisian interior from SF Girl by Bay, melding beautifully into a tasteful mix of vintage and contemporary pieces.

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Another kids' room, from Rum Hemma via Apartment Therapy. I think I can safely say that this space is much cooler than any bedroom I will ever have.

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This space from SF Girl by Bay is very grown-up, but somehow the bird lamp doesn't seem out of place.

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In another Paris apartment, the lamp is the perfect touch for a hallway, a sweet way to add a touch of springtime all year round.

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