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It’s been hard to ignore the increasing ubiquity of the so-called “mushroom lamp” in recent years. The tabletop fixture’s bulbous silhouette and translucent glass construction has dominated social-media feeds since the onset of the pandemic, surfacing in tandem with the greater millennial interior-design preference for soft, “curvy” home decor and soothing throwback color schemes.
While the original inspiration for these lamps — the Murano glass fixtures reminiscent of Massimo Vitelli’s 1965 “Fungo” light — might run you over $500 at Etsy or nearly $1,000 via 1stDibs, newly-made iterations are available at trendy retailers like Urban Outfitters for under $100. However, we’ve just encountered what may be the most affordable version yet, and it’s less than $25 at a big-box store that isn’t necessarily known for Insta-famous home goods: Walmart.
The pint-sized glass accent measures about 8 inches in height (a “perfect size,” in the words of reviewer Madi) and is available in the classic striated off-white that evokes the 1970s original, along with a mottled brown tortoiseshell, which the same reviewer called “a pretty shade” and compared it to the pricier Urban Outfitters iteration.
Made by a company called Cresswell Lighting, the piece is equipped with an in-line switch on a white power cord that measures 60 inches (5 feet) in length. While the product description doesn’t specify, reviewer Mariann indicated in their review that the light is compatible with a C9 bulb (“the smaller bulb you would use in a nightlight”).
“I am in love with this lamp! it looks exactly like the photos and the pattern is even more detailed in person,” wrote Maxine in their review. “I have been searching for a glass mushroom lamp but never pulled the trigger because of the prices. This one was such a great price compared to the others, I might have to buy the white one for my daughter’s room.”
With summer coming to a close and students across the nation preparing to return to their desks, you might be feeling the urge to refresh your own work-from-home-scape — even if that consists of your dining room table or a strategically merchandised corner of your bedroom. We have a hunch that this little light source could do a lot to brighten up your desk — and maybe even boost your productivity in the process.