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Just like corks are responsible for putting the “pop” in champagne, a cork table lamp is capable of making your interior lighting game pop, too. Cork may not be the first material to jump to mind when you’re listing off luxury-grade design materials, but the porous, lightweight material can actually skew surprisingly sophisticated when it comes to Mid-Century Modern table lamps. Paired with other, more traditional design materials, like chrome, teak, or brass, the effect is enhanced even more. Use Mid-Century cork tables lamps wherever you desire an unexpected moment that will make a lasting impression on guests.

Cork, an Atomic Era Favorite

Much like teak had its moment in the sun during the Danish Modernism trend of the 1940s, 50s, and 60s, to a lesser extent, so did cork. Designers were particularly enamored with cork for table lamps, as it was a lightweight material that could be easily sculpted into the small-scale designs table lamps required. Its porous surface also felt in line with the Mid-Century Modern era’s penchant for amoebic shapes and forms.

Put a Cork in Your Search For the Perfect Table Lamp

Cork table lamps come in a wide variety of styles. If you’re looking for a cork lamp that skews especially playful, look for designs integrating additional materials such as colored tiles, or faux-bamboo etching. For a more elevated take, look for cork lamps encased in chrome panels with modernist cut-outs. For those who are fans of Paul Evans’s Cityscape series, the collection’s modernist patchwork is often replicated in table lamps using cork and chrome construction.