‘Tis the season to get spooky. But these thoughtfully designed skull lights are the furthest thing from Halloween kitsch. They set an artistically moody tone as a modern memento mori, year-round. We envision them in your home library, reading nook area, home office, and even living room. See for yourself. Here are our top 5.


Purveyor of all things hard-to-come-by and cool, the MOMA store features this minimalist LED Skull Lamp made by Nir Chehanowski of Israeli design firm Studio Cheha. The light sits on a birch plywood pedestal and has an acrylic glass sheet boasting incised lines made by laser to craft the shape of a human skull.


This sculptural piece by Studio BAAG features copper and concrete. The design duo behind this evocatively somber, dimly lit Skull Light combines Scandinavian minimalism with Italian flair to think up experimental and unconventional pieces that create “a dialogue between the product and its user.


U.K. Artist Alex Garnett’s Goliath Pendant Skull Lamp is fittingly produced in bone china. He’s a self-taught ceramicist, who has made a name for himself through his playful, subversive style.


John Beck in Edwardsville, Illinois distills art down to “pure necessity and absolute truth with no where to hide.” His medium is steel. And he’s ready to take on your interior space. For now, just check out his hand-rolled steel Big Peter Light. Contact him for incredible custom work.


The Orphée Skull Lamp has an international background. Designed in Paris and crafted in Italy in a limited edition, it features a head of polished steel and base of painted brass. The expression on its “face” is anything but scary but invites us to contemplate not the passing of time but life as a game.