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Seeing the Lights at "The Lamp Show"


A luminous duck, a softly glowing bowl of rice, and many more unconventional takes on lighting prompted long lines for the Brooklyn exhibition.

Does it need to light up? Not necessarily. What counts as a lamp is up for broad interpretation at The Lamp Show, an exhibition in Brooklyn that has earned a cult following for its playful takes on lighting. The show’s fourth edition opened last weekend at Head Hi, a combination café, design bookstore, and gallery owned by Alexandra Hodkowski and Alvaro Alcocer, who began organizing the show in 2019 (Dwell is a media partner helping to promote this year’s edition), putting out an open call for submissions. Anyone from a professional designer to an ambitious amateur could submit a lamp and they would consider it for the show.

Alexandra Hodkowski and Mösco Alocer, owners of Brooklyn design bookshop/café/gallery Head Hi, at the 2023 "Lamp Show.

Alvaro Alcocer and Alexandra Hodkowski, owners of Brooklyn design bookshop/café/gallery Head Hi, at the 2023 “Lamp Show.” The annual exhibition is the product of an open call for lamp designs and known for presenting unconventional lighting. It runs through April 8.

Photo: Jonathan Hökklo

The now-annual exhibition has gone on to become a low-key sensation in the New York design world. This year’s version is the first to take place in Head Hi’s new…

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