It is incredibly rare for me to write an entire blog post dedicated to just ONE thing – but I feel as if this one thing is worthy. It’s also incredibly rare for me to write and publish an impromptu blog post on a Friday night – but here we are. I have to get this off my chest. I feel like it’s one of those unspoken things that designers and bloggers know that we just have to admit. I’m talking about why the IKEA Ranarp is the Bloggers’ Best Lamp.
I actually wrote a post about this way back in 2014 – which was the year the RANARP first hit store shelves in IKEA stores across North America. I mentioned briefly that February has been ‘tech back end’ month for me (which essentially means I’m putting in DAYS of work to fix up technical monsters living in the bowels of my blog) – and as I was doing that, I found that old post was full of errors and bad links and it just made more sense to write about it again with fresh eyes and long-held love.
I can distinctly remember the moment I flipped through my summer edition of Canadian House & Home magazine – and it was as if the skies had opened and sent me lamps from heaven. I HAD to have a RANARP. And at that point, getting one to Halifax was a pain in the butt. We didn’t have a bricks and mortar store and you couldn’t order lighting online from the website. I ended up getting my brother to buy a set and mail them to me! Since then, I have made the incredible discovery that certain IKEA products are available on Amazon. WHAT?! Yeah. Now you can get an RANARP on Amazon if you don’t live near to an IKEA. Le sigh. How I wish I had known that four years ago. Anyway… haha
Reasons the RANARP is one of the best lamps around? Well, where do I begin? When it first came out there were only three styles and it only came in white; the wall sconce, the desk lamp and the hanging fixture.
I loved the wall sconce option because it blended in with the wall and it was one of the first affordable options with a covered cord. I mean, who doesn’t love a good covered lamp cord??!
Then the interplay between the matte white and the gold accents. Be still my neutral loving heart. I realize I’m talking about a 4-year old lamp design. But at the time, it was like nothing we’d seen before. I think it inspired many lamps after it. Here it is against a matte black wall… <3 <3 <3
Anyway, bloggers took to this lamp like moths to the flame, like me to a cupcake or a power tool or whatever… It became the quintessential blogger lamp. And that’s a-okay. I ended up hanging ours in our super tiny guest bedroom... against a white and patterned wall.
Accessible, affordable, damn pretty looking. RANARP. Such a fun word to say. Such a lovely lamp to own.
File this in love letters to lamps.
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