You can buy lightbulbs with every kind of colour temperature, brightness and finish you can imagine these days. So the need for a lamp shade to diffuse, soften and direct their light is all but unnecessary -- unless you yearn for that classic lamp silhouette. In that case, this LED lamp from YOY design is a clever compromise.
The lamp's LED light source is tucked away inside a trapezoid-shaped recess so that when it's turned on, it projects the shape of a classic lamp shade on the wall.
It not only delivers a bit of nostalgia, it also helps to diffuse the lamp's glow since it fills a room after bouncing off a wall. It's unfortunate that the effect really only works from a very specific angle -- but if you've got a favourite armchair, you'll now know exactly where to position it. [YOY design via designboom]