European design company Hulgar, spent a major part of the early 2000's putting out a well designed version of the clunky home phone handset so popular in the 80's and 90's compatible with your computer for Skype or your cell phone for retro hands free talking. Now Hulgar has moved on to compact fluorescent lamps, and these aren't your typical soft serve swirl design. The Plumen is making a big splash in the world of light bulbs and is so beautiful that it was inducted into the permanent design collection at the MoMA in New York.
These bulbs definitely do not need a shade! The Plumen is not yet available for the U.S. market, but I am guessing with the induction into the MoMA design collection they will be very soon.