Make A Contemporary Swing-Arm Lamp
Christian Becksvoort's wall lamp swivels on a wooden bracket and can be made to hold different types of shades.
Synopsis: Based on a Scandinavian design, this wall lamp swivels on a wooden bracket and can be made to hold different types of shades. The design is simple, with just five pieces making up the arm, wall bracket, and swiveling post. Chris Becksvoort has made quite a few variations on this basic design. Also included are instructions on how to electrify your lamp.
When I was growing up, my parents had a Scandinavian swinging-arm lamp over the couch. It hung right in the middle, so when I was reading on either end of the couch, I could swing the lamp left or right as needed. I forgot about it for a few years, but it had more influence over me than I realized. In 1974 I bought the book Woodenware by Åke R. Nilsson (Drake Publishers, 1973) and discovered his simpler version of the swinging-arm lamp.
I’ve since made a variety of…