Pottery Barn- Alabaster Bedside Lamp
Actually I love alabaster in any shape or form. But what the heck is alabaster exactly?
In comes Wikipedia... it's a "name applied to varieties of two distinct minerals: gypsum (a hydrous sulfate of calcium) and calcite (a carbonate of calcium). The former is the alabaster of the present day; the latter is generally the alabaster of the ancients."
Alabaster goes wayyy back- it has been used for centuries in carving and statues. Just look around in any museum- you are bound to find some alabaster objects.
White is the color normally associated with alabaster; however, the mineral can be found in other colors such as pale brown or reddish, or even just veined with color. Somewhat translucent, soft, easy to work with, and readily available, alabaster makes for a beautiful lamp.
Some of my alabaster faves...Raymon Goins Fine Furniture- Mayfair Lamp
Visual Comfort- Balustrade Lamp (was in Charlotte's apartment in the Sex and the City Movie- thanks for the tidbit Paloma!)
1st Dibs- Italian Alabaster Lamps
William Sonoma Home- Madison Lamp