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Jolie table lamp from John Lewis


It's impossible to escape the mid-century homewares trend at the moment. However, with original pieces becoming harder to find at reasonable prices and many reproductions being out of us mere mortals' budget, it's always a pleasent surprise to find items with a retro influence which don't break the bank.

This colourful Jolie table lamp from John Lewis is influenced by the iconic Italian design house Kartell, who were, of course, responsible for the famous Philippe Starck Ghost Chair. The clear glass base houses the feature colour flex cable which matches the barrel lampshade. A simple yet striking 60s-style design that doesn't cost the earth; now you just need somewhere to put it.

The Jolie table lamp, available in 7 colours, is a very reasonable £35 from John Lewis. See website for more details.

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eBay watch: 1970s Carlo Santi space age lamp by Kartell


A lovely design and one that's no longer in production – but this Carlo Santi lamp by Kartell could be yours via eBay.

Designed in 1972, it's described as a floor or side lamp, standing around 60cm tall. The base is tubular steel, the shade is plastic and according to the seller, the original item is in 'very good condition' with 'only marginal signs of wear'. It also works, most importantly.

Loads of images on the seller's page. If you want it, the lamp is on a 'buy it now' for £290 or you can make an offer.

Find out more at the eBay website