Objects of Design #353: Hat Lamp

hat lamp by mars hwasung from eno studio
hat lamp by mars hwasung from eno studio

The hunt for the perfect spare room light has been going on for some time now. It’s a huge room with a high ceiling that has to work as an office, guest room and place for the children to hang out and play x-box and television.

the hat lamp costs €349

I think this may be it. At the moment there’s a big white paper lampshade. You know the sort of thing. They’re lovely and minimal in one sense and a bit, well, meh in the other. Also, for people of my generation are they are, inextricably, student. Again, nothing wrong with that per se. Except I’m not.

images taken by Stephanie Wiegner

And then I saw this. It’s such an elegant hat and the cable comes in various different colours (and is cord which I like) and I fell rather in love. It was designed by Korean born Mars Hwasung Yoo who now runs his studio BYMARS in Stockholm.


I don’t know if I shall ever actually buy one but I would like to think that with a bright pink cable it would look rather fetching, in a minimal sort of way, in that room.

cap lamp desk light by BYMARS
cap lamp desk light by BYMARS

In addition to the hat lamp he has also made a cap lamp desk light. It’s less elegant but then a baseball cap is never going to rival a hat is it?

Kate Watson-Smyth

The author Kate Watson-Smyth

I’m a journalist who writes about interiors mainly for The Financial Times but I have also written regularly for The Independent and The Daily Mail. My house has been in Living Etc, HeartHome and featured in The Wall Street Journal & Corriere della Sera. I also run an interior styling consultancy Mad About Your House. Welcome to my Mad House.