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When you’re as obsessed with home decor as we are, you take notice when a headline in The New York Times reads “The Lamp That’s Taking Over New York.” As you might expect, the Apartment Therapy team couldn’t read it fast enough, and that’s when we were able to put a name to the table lamps that so many AT staffers had been ogling at outdoor restaurants all over NYC. That’s right, for the past couple of years, Pina Pro Rechargeable LED Table Lamps from Zafferano America have made it possible for alfresco diners to actually see their food on the table — and each other across it — after the sun goes down. Checking all the boxes for what a lamp should be, it’s become a, ahem, fixture at restaurants from SoHo to the Upper East Side. In fact, lots of eateries report that customers love them so much, they literally steal them at the end of the meal!
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But we have awesome news: You can take home your very own Pina Pro without breaking the law. We found it for sale at one of our favorite lighting retailers, Lumens, and on Amazon. Slim, sleek, and oh-so-stylish, the LED lamp stands just under a foot tall, with a heavy, 4″ base that keeps it sturdy on the table even when faced with windy weather or clumsy eaters. It’s crafted from diecast aluminum with a super-small polycarbonate shade, so while it is substantial enough to stay in place, it’s not so obtrusive as to intrude on the dining experience. In fact, quite the opposite. A dimmer switch helps set whatever mood you’d like. You can also choose between five different finishes: Dark Gray, Rust, White, Sand, and Black.
Great looks are only the beginning of what makes this petite table lamp so special. According to the article, Joey Campanaro, chef and owner of Little Owl, lauds it for providing both “comfort and utility.” Since it’s wireless and easy to move around, it’s perfect for areas that need some light but don’t have an outlet, whether inside or outdoors. It’s rechargeable, and power lasts up to 13 hours on a full charge. “They are totally user-friendly, they last a really long time, they don’t blow over,” Lauren Miller, director of operations for Mattos Hospitality, told the Times.
New York restaurateurs and sticky-fingered diners aren’t the only ones who are loving this lamp. Lumens customers sing its praises, too. “Easy-to-use lamp spreads diffuse light on my dining table, making dinner time relaxed and romantic,” one commented. Another wrote, “Great light to have cocktails, dinner, or just sit, enjoy the summer and enjoy and drink and read a book. Sometimes I pair them with candles as well. The best find in a long time!!”
The $145 price tag seems a bit high at first, but a top-quality piece doesn’t come cheap. Not convinced? Consider this review: “A use we never planned on was for emergency lighting. Our power went off the other day and having the two lamps provided some needed light.” Certainly sounds worth it to me.
Buy: Pina Pro Rechargeable LED Table Lamp, $144.95