Chichi Heat Lamps

On first glance, it looked like a prop from 'Honey, I Shrunk the Kids'. A few steps closer to it at Dwell on Design and the function of this overgrown lamp becomes evident -- this is an insanely cool patio heater. And it looks eons better than those industrial-strength objects that currently matriculate at restaurants nationwide.

The whole line of Kindle lamps, including the Allison (above), sounds like a runway lineup of southern supermodels (Bella, Caroline, Dolly). The reality seems to have much more substance. A warmth emanates from above while a battery-powered glow illuminates from the base below to supply mood lighting. Your may've seen the Kindle Lamp at a posh hotel or restaurants such as Nobu Malibu (lower picture) -- rumor has it they go quite well with backyards as well.

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