Mushrooms are having a moment. And I’m not talking about the kind you eat — or the kind you, ahem, ingest — but rather the kind you use to furnish your living space. Mushroom related decorations have been one of the biggest trends to emerge in recent times. For Pinterest’s “Pinterest Predicts” trend forecast for 2023, “Mush-Rooms” was one of the top emerging trends for this year, with every generation from Gen Z to Boomers expected to embrace “weirdcore” by looking for ways to add mushroom-related decorations. to insert into their homes. Further evidence for this mold craze comes from Google Shopping, which specifically ranked mushroom lamps as one of their top 100 most requested products for the 2022 holiday season, with searches up 50 percent this year.
If you’re looking for mushroom mania, a classic mushroom lamp—that is, any lamp with the general shape of a mushroom—is the way to go without turning your pad into a 1970s parody. Here are our picks for the best mushroom lamps money can buy.
Artemide Nesso table lamp
Arguably the most definitive mushroom lamp, and almost certainly the most smashed, is the Nesso (and its more affordable little brother, Nessino). Nesso was first designed for Artemide by Italian designer Giancarlo Mattioli in 1967 and is now part of the permanent collection of New York’s iconic Museum of Modern Art. The trippy shape of the lamp is made using injection molded ABS resin, which was considered revolutionary at the time of its creation. And it still manages to grab attention today.
Hay Pao portable lamp
Danish designer brand Hay brings some of the most creative and whimsical lighting to the market, and the Pao series is one of the most popular. Although a more expensive glass plug-in table lamp, pendant lamp and even a floor lamp also exist in this style, the highlight is this lightweight portable version that allows you to bring the candle-like flame into your home. Surprisingly, the mushroom shape is not inspired by fungi. The Japanese designer Naoto Fukasawa previously based the lamp on the silhouettes of illuminated Mongolian Pao tents.
Crate & Barrel Joy clay table lamp
In her collaboration with Crate & Barrel, red-hot designer Leanne Ford — who’s also a mom — came up with a bunch of products, ostensibly for kids, that encourage them to use their imaginations. Among them is this lamp, which is touch-activated and has three dimmer settings. Available in a handful of fun colors, the lamp is made of iron and has a fabric-wrapped cord for sturdy durability.
Mushroom lamp for general admission
If you want your mushroom lamp to show off its inspiration a little less subtly, we’ve got this option from the trendsetters at General Admission in LA. This orange glowing magic mushroom is hand carved in Mexico from two pieces of real stone. Due to the handmade character and the differences in the natural material, no two copies of this lamp are exactly the same.
West Elm Mushroom Table Lamp
Leaning even more into magic mushroom territory is this piece, which surprisingly comes from the usually reserved retailer West Elm. Like the General Admission lamp, this one is also handcrafted, but it’s made from ceramic in Vietnam rather than carved from stone in Mexico. It is also painted, with a gradient blue base and dots on the
cap shadow. The dots might push this a bit towards Super Mario Mushroom Kingdom territory, but if you’re looking for a fantasy vibe, this is hard to beat.
Gantry Mask table lamp
On the other end of the spectrum, this effort from Gantri may be stretching the definition of “mushroom lamp” a bit, but if there’s one thing Gantri excels at, it’s turning expectations upside down. Designed by Spain-based Muka Design Lab for Gantri and a bestseller for the brand. Maskor’s shade is inspired by the concentric rings of a seashell and provides a soft, soothing light that’s perfect for your bedside table. Like the rest of Gantri’s collection, Maskor is lit by a museum-quality LED and 3D printed in California from a proprietary plant-based material that is sustainably sourced and biodegradable.
&Tradition Flowerpot VP9 portable table lamp
Besides the aforementioned Nesso, Verner Panton’s collection of Flowerpot lamps are among the most iconic pieces of mushroom-shaped decor you can find. This portable version of the Flowerpot Table Lamp from &Tradition is based on the original 1967 lamp that has become a symbol of both Flower Power and Space Age design. It’s made from lightweight polycarbonate and has three dimmer settings that are activated by tapping the hood. I use this lamp as my desk lamp, and while the light could admittedly be brighter, its iconic design, long battery life, and ability to look great in any room make it a winner in my book.
Honey & Ivy Mooshie table lamp
A uniquely original interpretation of the silhouette of a mushroom, Honey & Ivy’s Mooshie is durably 3D printed from a plant-based polymer and made-to-order in Portland, Oregon, just like the rest of the upstart brand’s unique and affordable designs. The lamp requires an LED bulb, which is not included, as an incandescent bulb is too hot for the material. And once you’re done with the Mooshie lamp, its body is compostable, meaning it can eventually lead to the growth of actually mushrooms ever. How cool is that?
CB2 Senza table lamp made of white glass
Some of the most sought-after examples of mushroom lamps are those made in Italy in the 1970s from authentic Murano glass. For something that offers a similar vibe and is a bit easier to come by, we’ve got this piece from CB2 that takes inspiration from the era. Designed by Studio Anansi, which was founded in 2018 by Canadian artist Evan Jerry with the intention of exploring black culture through contemporary design, the Senza lamp is made entirely of blown glass. It is lit from below, allowing the entire bulb to glow and show off its frosted swirling details.
Lose the portable Obello lamp
Mid-century designer Bill Curry created this mushroom-shaped lamp in 1971, drawing heavy inspiration from the pop culture of the time. Sadly, Curry died the same year before the lamp ever came into production (or even had a name). Fast-forward five decades to 2022 and Gubi, with help from Curry’s family, has finally put the lamp into production. The Obello has a total look design developed by Curry, with a single structure of hand-blown glass for the base and shade. It’s also portable and splash-proof, just in case you fancy setting up your very own light-up fairy ring in your backyard.
For an affordable take on a mushroom lamp, Ikea can’t be beat. The Swedish furniture giant’s Tokabo is a cute table lamp with a one-piece frosted glass shade on top of a thin polypropylene base. Designed by Iina Vuorivirta for Ikea, the lamp is only 15 cm high and 5 cm wide, meaning it will fit just about anywhere in your home. Our tester has it in his child’s bedroom and has found it to be incredibly durable, having survived a number of knocks and drops to the floor without any issues.
L’Objet Haas Mojave moon table lamp
If you have something more special in mind than a $20 lamp from Ikea, how about spending two grand on a mushroom lamp? Obviously most people will scoff at such an amount, but if this piece of art appeals to you, then I’m not here to judge. This stunner was designed by LA-based brothers Simon and Nikolai Haas, who used the otherworldly landscape of Joshua Tree National Park as their muse. The lamp is made of delicate porcelain, with a relief of the desert and night sky unfolding over the base and the shade.