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Erik and I love lamps. Always have. We’re not keen on dingy living quarters, lamps are high on style and easy to rewire if needed.

Lately, Erik and has picking a lot of lamps, particularly mid-century ones, for our antique space. I’ve started calling him “The Crazy Lamp Man” knowing full well that I’m also pretty much a Crazy Lamp Lady.

Last week, he found two stylistically similar lamps at two different venues, the first of which I immediately fell in love with when he brought it home.

Mid-century atomic lamp, September 2011.

Mid-century atomic lamp, September 2011.

The intention was to sell it in our antique space, but that intention made a hasty exit when I saw it. Our research told us this was a mid-century lamp (1940s-1960s) of the atomic persuasion.

Erik was drawn to the clean geometric design and I was attracted to the swirls and round ceramic portion. It is a lamp that captures the aesthetic sensibilities of both of us, something that isn’t always easy to achieve with a husband/wife duo.

Within a few days, Erik found the second mid-century atomic lamp that closely mimics the first and was obviously made in the same factory, but it’s not identical.

Mid-century atomic lamp, September 2011.

Mid-century atomic lamp, September 2011.

Isn’t it a beauty? There’s more floral action happening with this lamp, something Hubby knows I appreciate.

What are the odds of Erik finding two such similar lamps in the same week? And why isn’t someone manufacturing two-tiered lampshades anymore? These are the pressing questions the Husband & Wife Lamps have raised.