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Confession: I’m in love with cloth-covered wires. Instead of an ugly plug or cord, they add a textural element with a little pop of color right where it’s least expected. It’s a great throwback to vintage style and nowadays these wires come in tons of different patterns and colors. I was totally inspired by an awesome red and white zigzag pattern from Color Cord and just had to make something with it.

Modern Cement Desk Lamp // jojotastic.comMy workspace really needed a new lamp and a serious boost of personality, but I didn’t want to make anything too busy or distracting. So I stuck with a minimalist profile and industrial materials to create a basic cement desk lamp with one big XL Silver Mirrored Globe Bulb on top for some drama.



  • scissors
  • hot glue gun
  • wire stripper
  • stir stick


Modern Cement Desk Lamp // jojotastic.comFor anyone who takes a look at all these materials and feels a little overwhelmed, don’t worry — for a project like this, just use what you have on hand. The great thing about creating a mold for the cement base of your lamp is that if can be made out of anything. I decided to use a sheet metal dryer vent to create a cylindrical shape and inlayed a strip of magnetic tape into the seam.


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