Gone are the days when lighting designs were boring and typically designed objects that did nothing but add light to a living space. A well-designed lighting fixture should not only have the ability to illuminate any living space but also add that extra oomph factor! I mean, of course, we need them to see in the dark, but as highly functional as they should be, a lighting fixture also needs to be aesthetically pleasing, adding an attractive and visually soothing element to your home or office space. And if it manages to be portable – then well it’s everything you could ask for. From a Japanese lantern candle to a collapsible lighting design – these unique lighting designs are what you need to elevate your living or working space!

1. Japanese Lantern Candle

Top 10 Portable Lighting Designs To Provide Illumination Wherever You Go

Top 10 Portable Lighting Designs To Provide Illumination Wherever You Go

Inspired by a traditional Japanese ‘chouchin’ lantern, this Japanese lantern candle features a billowy pillar shape and emits an ambient and ethereal-looking glow. This lantern is a lighting design that can add some peace and calm to your hectic workday and is also easily moveable from one place to another.

Click Here to Buy Now: $69

Why is it noteworthy?

The lantern candle is a modern and contemporary take on an iconic Japanese design. It has a minimalist design that is portable, allowing you to carry it with you. It creates a relaxing glow and is a handcrafted piece by artisans in Kurashiki, Japan. It is a prime specimen of accurate and meticulous craftsmanship.

What we like

  • The candle’s wax is non-melting, which provides a beautiful clarity on the candle

What we dislike

  • The lantern can be a fire hazard, so you need to place it carefully around pets and children

2. The Tomori Lantern Kit

Top 10 Portable Lighting Designs To Provide Illumination Wherever You Go

Top 10 Portable Lighting Designs To Provide Illumination Wherever You Go

The Tomori Lantern Kit is an innovative kit that lets you build your own lantern, and then put it aside once you’re done using it! It doesn’t function as a ready-made lantern, and once it collapses, it doesn’t occupy much space. You can also snugly fit a conventional flashlight inside it!

Click Here to Buy Now: $39

Why is it noteworthy?

A foldable cardboard piece functions as the base of the kit, as a flashlight holder, and as a stable structure for the lamp. The kit features an LED flashlight that you can use when it is not fitted inside the lantern. But the cardboard base can also accommodate any other cylindrical flashlight that is less than 30mm in diameter and 160mm in length.

What we like

  • The whole kit can be folded down into a flat A4-sized package which is ideal for stashing and packing away
  • A fun experience to put together and create your lantern

What we dislike

  • The lantern cannot withstand rain

3. Gingko Smart Diffuser Lamp

Top 10 Portable Lighting Designs To Provide Illumination Wherever You Go

Top 10 Portable Lighting Designs To Provide Illumination Wherever You Go

Called the Gingko Smart Diffuser Lamp, this quaint-looking lamp has a monolithic form that holds a fragrance diffuser in its upper half, and a well-designed ergonomic lamp in its lower half. The lamp works well for desks, but can also be used as a portable design to be carried anywhere with you.

Why is it noteworthy?

The Gingko Smart Diffuser Lamp is made from a combination of wood, copper, and frosted acrylic glass, providing it with an earthy and warm appearance which is one of the signature features of all Gingko’s products.

What we like

  • A portable and dual-functional device that you can carry with you with ease

What we dislike

  • Some people may not prefer wood as their material of choice for diffusers

4. Harmony Flame Fireplace

Top 10 Portable Lighting Designs To Provide Illumination Wherever You Go

Coined the Harmony Flame Fireplace, this stunning brass lamp lets you enjoy a pretty and safe fire indoors. It uses eco-friendly bioethanol to spread light and warmth throughout your home. The technique used to build musical instruments was used to build the fireplace.

Click Here to Buy Now: $239

Why is it noteworthy?

The Harmony Flame Fireplace is created to uplift and enhance the mood of indoor spaces. The reflective surfaces of the fireplaces, and the vivid flames play around with shadows and light to form a decorative piece that is aesthetically appealing for your dining table or your patio!

What we like

  • You can enjoy a warm, pretty, and safe fire inside your home

What we dislike

  • The lamp is powered using bioethanol which is eco-friendly,  but needs to be purchased again for refilling, which in turn creates a fuel dependency
  • The lamp’s fuel capacity and compact size do not support long-term extended use

5. Anywhere-Use Lamp

Top 10 Portable Lighting Designs To Provide Illumination Wherever You Go

Top 10 Portable Lighting Designs To Provide Illumination Wherever You Go

The Anywhere-Use Lamp is a minimalist portable table lamp that is a relief in a world populated with harsh lighting and big glaring screens. The lamp offers a touch of tranquility and elegance when placed in a living space. It has a mushroom-inspired head emitting a soft and warm ambient glow.

Click Here to Buy Now: $149

Why is it noteworthy?

The lamp is powered by four AA batteries, and it has a modular modular that delivers amazing atmospheric enhancement wherever you decide to place it. The lamp features six high-color rendering LEDS, which radiates a soothing luminescence, transforming any space into an oasis of peace.

What we like

  • Feature 4 brightness level
  • Easy to disassemble, store in a bag, and carry anywhere with you

What we dislike

  • The lamp is not water-resistant
  • It utilizes four AA batteries

6. Madco Table Lamp

Top 10 Portable Lighting Designs To Provide Illumination Wherever You Go

Top 10 Portable Lighting Designs To Provide Illumination Wherever You Go

Dubbed the Madco Table Lamp, and designed by Italian designer Elisa Ossino for the Japanese brand Ambientec, this lamp is a subtle, minimalist, and delicate recreation of festive Japanese lanterns. They aim to bring Japanese culture to your home in a convenient and portable form.

Why is it noteworthy?

The lamp is designed to be portable, and it can be recharged using a UBC-C. The designer says that you should take the lamp outside, as it is waterproof, and will create a pretty and intriguing interplay with plants. It can be hung from its handle as well!

What we like

  • Features a portable and flexible form
  • Adds a pop of color and Japanese culture to your living space

What we dislike

  • The lamp seems to be a bit fragile and easily breakable, must be handled with care

7. Iyer’s Lamp Design

Top 10 Portable Lighting Designs To Provide Illumination Wherever You Go

Top 10 Portable Lighting Designs To Provide Illumination Wherever You Go

Designed by Shail Iyer, this sleek lamp design is an experiment on modern minimalism, to create a lighting fixture that is simple yet multifunctional. Iyer tried to present his take on modern minimalism, which entails taking up minimum space while doing maximum work – and this lighting design is the final result.

Why is it noteworthy?

The portable desk lamp looks much like a modern lamp light lantern, and it features a multi-shaped silhouette. The body has a large cylindrical shape, with a sturdy bottom for stability. What makes the lamp interesting is that it can be hung from a hook, or even rested on top of a flat surface.

What we like

  • Compact, easy-to-carry form
  • Multifunctional design that can be hooked or placed on a flat surface

What we dislike

  • It’s a conceptual design, so we don’t know how well it will translate into a tangible product

8. Stella

Top 10 Portable Lighting Designs To Provide Illumination Wherever You Go

Top 10 Portable Lighting Designs To Provide Illumination Wherever You Go

Called Stella, this exquisite-looking lighting design was created as a part of the 2023 New Collection lighting products by COG Design Studio x Bonakia. The ethereal-esque lighting design was built through a mix of multiple techniques – repetition and transforming, and by employing various geometric shapes.

Why is it noteworthy?

It features an interesting triangular intaglio shape and is built using acrylic material. The goal behind the design was to observe the sensibility of light when it is transmitted to a detailed intaglio pattern.

What we like

  • Stella radiates an ambient and seductive glow
  • Portable design that can be placed wherever you like

What we dislike

  • The lamp should be carefully cleaned and maintained, as it looks quite fragile
  • You should move the lamp around with caution, as it could fall and break

9. Z-Lamp

Top 10 Portable Lighting Designs To Provide Illumination Wherever You Go

Top 10 Portable Lighting Designs To Provide Illumination Wherever You Go

Dubbed the Z-lamp, this innovative lamp has a collapsible feature that makes it easy to carry around. It features a ridged silicone shade that lets the lamp expand or contract, letting you control the lamp’s overall brightness as well. It is equipped with a collapsible silicon clad that sits over the LED base.

Why is it noteworthy?

Once you expand the entire silicone cover, it functions as a large diffuser, that scatters more light in all directions. Once you compact it, the diffuser’s size reduces and dims the LED’s intensity. The lamp is simple, smart, and engaging!

What we like

  • Unique collapsible feature that converts it into an easy-to-carry design

What we dislike

10. Float

Top 10 Portable Lighting Designs To Provide Illumination Wherever You Go

Called Float, this cute battery-powered design can create ambient restaurant lighting wherever you like. Designed by the Italian brand Axolight, this lighting design is a versatile product that can be placed on a desk, used as a lamp, or even fixed on a wall.

Why is it noteworthy?

Float has a minimal shape and form, that allows it to easily merge with both indoor and outdoor spaces – whether it is a home or a restaurant patio. You could also place the lighting design over an empty bottle, and create your own pretend-restaurant experience.

What we like

  • Battery lasts for 9 hours, you can use it wirelessly as well
  • Features a 5-step touch dimmer, allowing you to adjust the lighting

What we dislike

  • There seems to be no option for sizing

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