We probably wouldn't recommend this LED ax lamp for renters, but homeowners who aren't fussy about nicks in their furniture might appreciate the sharp design.
Say what you will about the waterproof "Schlagschatten" by German designer Cornelius Comanns; it's certainly versatile. The lamp can be hit into any piece of wood, indoors or outdoors, and easily dismounted when you need to replace the three AA batteries, swap out the LED, or threaten intruders.
The Schlagschatten recently nabbed first place in the Intelligent Hand design competition sponsored by designboom and the Macef international home show. The contest focused on imaginative craftsmanship, drawing submissions from 3,131 designers in 88 countries.
Comanns netted 5,000 euros (about $6,850) for his prize-winning design, which sports a laser-engraved logo and rubber-covered power switch. Its handmade heat sink is encased in a custom-made cork housing with ventilation holes and the protective sanded glass over the LED produces a scattered-light effect.
Comanns sees the Schlagschatten, with its archaic outside and technically precise inside, as a study in contrasts, and we applaud his innovative thinking and blend of old and new. We'd just suggest keeping this one out of the hands of ax murderers.