Lighting toughens up and channels industrial chic, calling on cogs, springs, wires, tubes and bare bulbs for stripped-down structure.

There’s a lighting renaissance going on, and you’re the da Vinci. More and more lighting manufacturers are developing open-ended designs made up of components that you—the end user—put together and stamp with your own signature (the Dallas chandelier is one such DIY design—see below). Call it co-creation. “It’s more than simply picking a standard-issue light from a catalogue,” says Cheryl Wilkinson of LightForm. “It’s about actually participating in the design process, ‘playing designer,’ if you will.” Think of it as lighting sculpture shaped by you.Anglepoise_PaulSmith_J_009sArmed and ReadyThe Anglepoise Type75 articulated table lamp ($330) based on spring technology developed by an automotive engineer, is reinterpreted by the arbiter of cool, Paul Smith. anglepoise.comDallasChandelierBare ElementsThe Dallas chandelier’s ($3,300) network of pipe-like arms holds exposed bulbs set in spheres that evoke mottled glass straight from the hot shop. arteriorshome.comFracturePendantMetal WorksWith warehouse-chic caged bulbs and a zinc dome that looks as if it were hammered right out of a foundry, the Fracture pendant (from $242) oozes industrial cool. kichler.comFollowMe-21Task MasterThe portable FollowMe table lamp ($299) recalls old-school work-site lanterns, yet is luminously modern with a white polycarbonate lampshade and USB port for recharging.