It is very comforting to come home in the evening and turn on a light.

ideally, it is not a fluorescent hanging from the ceiling.

something soft and gentle. something to welcome in the night.

something with a dimmer switch to modulate the mood.

i love light bulbs. they tell a very straightforward story. they light up.

ingo’s lamp offers a bulb within a bulb.

a pop art double bulb lamp.

i could see it saying, don’t worry. the night is long and dark. but i will lift your spirits with a wink.

get to work doing something. you won’t have trouble seeing.


Maira Kalman is an illustrator, artist, author and designer. She is the author of My Favorite Things, the catalogue to her Cooper Hewitt exhibition, and Ah-Ha to Zig-Zag, a unique ABC book that celebrates thirty-one objects from the museum’s collection. You can purchase both of these books, as well as the Ah-Ha to Zig-Zag puzzle at

This lamp designed by Ingo Mauer will be on view beginning December 12th in Maira Kalman Selects, an exhibition in the former Music Room of the Carnegie Mansion.

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