The Italians are known for their near-perfect designs of almost everything, including clothes, cars, and shoes. And they make great lighting too. The Binic table lamp from one of the country’s top brands, Foscarini, is a perfect example. Its form, the company says, “recalls the ‘wind socks’ that are used as ventilation systems on sailing ships.” Available in six colors, the piece has an ABS conical base and a shiny polycarbonate projector. It measures 7.9 inches tall, uses a 12-watt compact fluorescent bulb, and can be yours for $262. www.foscarini.com.