A DIY Mid-Century Modern Lamp

A DIY Mid-Century Modern Lamp Hello everyone and greetings from London!

If you follow me on Instagram you know that I’ll be here for the next few days, meeting with many amazing people! While I’m waiting for my friend in a cool, industrial cafe, across London bridge, I thought I would share with you my recent creation. If you ever wondered why mid-century modern design is considered to be timeless, I believe it’s because of its simple elegance. The design pieces are characterized by clean lines and less-is-more approach, which seems to fall within the recent trends. I particularly like the use of wood and whites – hence I have designed this simple lamp – combining the cool look and functionality.  I’m really curious to hear what you think, but first let me show you the project details!

Supplies:

A DIY Mid-Century Modern Lamp

  • a plain round lampshade
  • 2 equal piece of square wood
  • 4 equal pieces of round wood
  • a hammer and nails
  • a saw
  • sandpaper
  • wood finish (optional)

How to:

Before starting the project and after each woodwork, sandpaper the wooden elements to make sure the surface is smooth.

A DIY Mid-Century Modern Lamp

1. Using a saw (hand saw or electric one) carefully cut a notch in the center of the two pieces of square wood to make them fit together like an “X”.

A DIY Mid-Century Modern Lamp A DIY Mid-Century Modern Lamp

2. Hammer the nails to the four round wooden pieces, where you want the bottom of the lampshade to sit.

A DIY Mid-Century Modern Lamp

Tip: I have used nails because of the rather small size of the wooden ‘legs’ – if you are planning to make it bigger – wooden dowels wood be a better choice)

3. Make holes at the end of  the notched pieces, and connect them making sure that one of the notches faces up and the other one faces down. (You should have two pieces that look like an “H” now).

A DIY Mid-Century Modern Lamp

4. The nail will combine the notched pieces with the round pieces forming a stand for the lampshade.

A DIY Mid-Century Modern Lamp

A DIY Mid-Century Modern Lamp

5. Place the lampshade in, and hook up the lamp cable to the metal part. I have simple wrapped the cable around the grid so that I can regulate the height of the light bulb, but you can also pass the cable through the hole, it’s up to you!

A DIY Mid-Century Modern Lamp

A DIY Mid-Century Modern Lamp

A DIY Mid-Century Modern Lamp

A DIY Mid-Century Modern Lamp

A DIY Mid-Century Modern Lamp

So what do you think? You might have seen this structure as the plant stands but it turns out, it can be used in different ways too!

This week you can keep in touch via Instagram stories, where I will be sharing my London adventures!

Project and Pictures: Agata Dimmich for Homedit

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    • says

      Thanks so much Alice! I have to admit it was a bit tricky, I made a little holes on the ‘other’ side before, and then using a hammer I combined both parts. Alternatively you can use dowels – in fact they are a better solution if the wooden pieces are big enough. Mine were very skinny so I had to get creative ;)

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