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Anything-But-Standard Table Lamps

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Table lamps are highly practical, and sometimes this means they can do more than deliver lumens. These quirky and innovative lamps make a statement and add some unexpectedness to your space — whether they’re on or off.

Somethings to bear in mind when selecting that perfect modern table lamp:

  • Size matters. The scale should complement other decorative elements in your space, especially the table it sits on.
  • Layer the light. To accommodate different brightening needs, use table lamps in rooms that have support from other lights, such as ceiling lights.
  • Consider the room and table color. Pale walls and surfaces will reflect the light, while dark colors and wood will absorb it, requiring more light output.

Here are a few of my favorite anything-but-standard table lamps:

Available in 7 fun colors the Pixo Table Lamp from Pablo features a convenient USB charging port. I personally bought this one for my mom as a present and she LOVES it.

The stunning Asterisco wood veneer table lectern lamp from Lzf Lamps is a clever and refreshing blend of functionality and form.

Another highly functional LED desk light with a USB charging port, the Goldman Table Lamp from FLOS Lighting is a modern take on the traditional bankers desk lamp.

The BlancoWhite Collection from Santa & Cole is both an LED table light and a table. Drool. I’m putting this one (in white) on my Christmas wish list.

A built in LED module allows users to adjust the white light temperature from 2400° to 3500° kelvin. The light control is conveniently positioned at the center of the base and acts as a dimmer.

Scott Wilson, the first American designer to collaborate with Artemide Lighting, created the Sisifo. A large LED illuminated disc gracefully balances on its articulating stem, easily tilts 360 degrees, and can be dimmed via a touch switch.

A built-in touch strip allows for effortless dimming. Simply slide your finger back and forth across the touch strip to turn the light on and off, and control dimming.

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Kelly Tirman

After spending 10+ years living in a modern San Francisco loft, Kelly moved her family to a bungalow in the burbs. She now enjoys dreaming up home renovation and design projects in order turn her family's post-war cottage into the modern home of their dreams.