Gestures of Craft by Elke van den Hoogen is a beautiful project about the lost art of craftsmanship. This ladder lamp will make make you aware of the effort that had to be done in the past to turn on the lights.
except forget the base bend, just have emerging direct from custom metal table top as seamlessly as possible while still retaining flexibility. Even forgo flexability- rigid and purpose directed might be even cooler. Like idea of at least two lights of different sizes.