I just saw a wacky sci-fi robot-esque six-armed light monster of a lamp at the Apartment Therapy Unplugged blog – the creator used an Ikea Blanda metal bowl, six Tertial arm desk lamps, some wiring harnesses and some rigging, and made a big room light. I read some of the comments on this project, and the general consensus was “blech! this thing is a monstrosity!“ I have to disagree. If “steampunk” can be popular, then there is certainly a large percentage of the population who would love this project.
My wife and I have hacked Ikea furniture to fit our needs – I highly recommend it! Props to the creator of this project, I think it is extremely cool.