The first time we noticed the silhouette was earlier this year, set against a traditional backdrop of walnut wood paneling at the National Museum of Sweden Library: A sinuous lime green floor lamp seemed to have melted against the windowsill, playful and poetic. The stark contrast between classic and contemporary was immediately attention grabbing. Since then, it seems like all of our favorite lights have a skinny, wavy form in common.
Michael Anastassiades had already debuted a similarly curvaceous collection in Milan in 2016. But it wasn’t until recently, when a bright yellow squiggly light, part of a collaboration between Urban Outfitters and LikeMindedObjects, sold out in days, that wavy lamps officially began to hit the mainstream. And UO isn’t the only one jumping on board. Istanbul-based designer Merve Kahraman’s latest line features a creation that looks like a flying saucer taking off. Muller Van Severen’s linear fixtures swoop dramatically in bold primary hues. Riding the wave admittedly involves some serious saving up, but in the meantime here’s our wish list: