The internet is a wondrous place.
The other day I was browsing Twitter for interesting lamp designs (don't we all do this?) and ran across the Colgao lamp
from enPieza! studio
in Madrid, Spain. While their lamp is a bit more morbid than my standard home decor concepts, I found their use of a chromed light bulb in an anthropomorphic manner to be intriguing and knew I had to do something like that myself. Thus this guy was born after some experimenting and trying different ideas out.
I felt this guy needs to be doing something to emphasize the humanity aspect of the lamp for the full anthropomorphic effect. Originally it was going to be on the phone with a cup of coffee in the other hand, but at 1/6 scale those items are a bit too small. I went with the iPad prop, and it looks great. This is a 12" tall (1/6 scale) manikin, the same size as Barbie, old school GI Joe, etc. There are a lot of props available in that scale, and one of these days I'm going to get a scale guitar and see how that looks.
The manikin is fully posable, and the light bulb socket is candelabra (E12) sized and will handle up to a 30W bulb. While the chrome bulb looks awesome, I've tried a few others and they all have their advantages. Be aware that the exposed bulbs like this do get hot and can burn if you touch them after they have been on for a bit.
If you decide not to make your own but still want one, do not despair! I have them for sale
in my Etsy Shop
. Please come take a look!