Lighting toubalampa

Published on June 26th, 2008 | by Jules Yap


Good looking Gronos

The Grono lamp is definitely a hacker favourite. Its smooth rectangle shape opens it to lots of possibilities. Here are a few.

Decoupage a Grono
Ingalill spent half an hour pimping this lamp. She found the picture and printed it, découpage it on and finished with a coat of varnish.

Have a Grono pARTy
Jen of Painted Fish Studio threw a pARTy, where her friends gather at her house and make an art/craft project. The object in the limelight was the Grono and at the end of the evening, out came a delightful array of Grono lamps, pimped to perfection.
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Paper is used as the main decorative element, stuck onto the lamp with gel matte mediumgel matte medium – which takes longer to dry but more forgiving when it comes to placement than glue.

Lovely aren’t they? See pics of other Grono lamps.

Knitted Grono lamp shades
Michaela finds the Grono lamp too frugal. “It craved for an overlay. The milky background is just the right stage for a knitted lace cover in alpaca-silk-yarn,” she says.
GronoUnlit GronoLit
See other Grono hacks:
> Palm leaf textured Grono lamp shade
> Grono as hanging bathroom lights
> Hand painted Grono lamp
> More Grono hacks including one with moo minicards

More hacks on

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Make a compact banquette from kitchen cabinets

The Author

Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

11 Responses to Good looking Gronos

  1. Manda says:

    I went looking for this pattern and finally found it at Ravelry. Search for Candela.

  2. NiHaRiKa says:

    Hi!! I loved the knitted lace lamp! Can you please send me the pattern on my email [email protected] ? I would love to make it for an old frame sitting in my dorm room :) Would really appreciate your help!

  3. Chun says:

    Wow… the knitted shade’s very retro. Gorgeous :) Chun

  4. This is amazing! I would love to learn how to make one. I would really enjoy it.

  5. Sam says:

    I love the adaptability of these lamps, but didn’t like the way the light is concentrated in the center. I found that a single sheet of blank office paper rolled up and dropped into the lamp is an excellent diffuser.

    In this context it may show more of the art evenly. just a thought.

  6. Karen says:

    Michaela the knitted lamp cover is fabulous! I will watch this space for the English translation. Thank you so much for sharing your pattern, it’s a great idea.

  7. Michaela says:

    The knitting pattern is now available in English and German.
    Please email me and I’ll send you a pdf-document with the pattern.

  8. Michaela says:

    Thanks so much for your compliments on my knitted lamp.
    You can get a german version of the pattern at . The lamp is named “Candela”.
    Or you wait until this evening after work and I will translate the pattern into English exclusevely and for free for ikeahacker friends.

  9. Anonymous says:

    any chance of getting a pattern for the knitted lace cover?

  10. pärlbesatt says:

    Oh, I’m glad to see it here, and not only in my living room window! :)

    The picture is of the mosque in Touba, Senegal. It’s the largest mosque in Africa, and muslims in Africa go there more often than to Mecca… My husband is from that town, so it was a little gift to him.

  11. Anonymous says:

    I love, love, LOVE the knitted lampshade!

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