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Editor’s Picks: Modern Desk Lamps

Compact yet powerful, useful and often a paradigm of great design at work, desk lamps are an essential ingredient for any good office workspace. There’s no shortage of styles and types out there, giving you a wide range of options to suit your taste. A desk lamp can be a unique piece for the office, many lamp designs stemmed from a need in a workspace specifically. From high tech to high design, our favorite desk lamps are the ultimate blend of form and function, making the daily grind a bit easier to manage. We’ve gathered our top desk lamp favorites.

Tolomeo Classic Table Lamp by Artemide

True to its name, the Tolomeo Classic features a timeless look that will make it seem at home in any environment. Designed by Michele De Lucchi and Giancarlo Fassina, Tolomeo has been awarded the Compasso d’Oro award for industrial design, thanks to its perfect blend of form and function. Its rounded base and semi-conical shade give it an inviting presence similar to that of the Pixar lamp, while a thin aluminum stem keeps the lamp stable yet fully adjustable.

Kelvin LED Table Lamp by Flos

Designed by Antonio Citterio and Toan Nguyen, this designer table lamp is a striking design piece, both in its simplicity and innovative technology. LEDs provide powerful light while remaining eco-friendly, and the lamp’s head can be adjusted up to 355 degrees to shine direct light in several directions.

Tizio Classic by Artemide

First introduced in 1972, the Tizio Classic is an enduring piece of task lighting, beloved by architects, designers, and engineers alike. Designed by Richard Sapper, the innovative adjustment system users counterweight to keep its halogen light shining parallel to the desk at all times.

Quattro LED Task Lamp by Sonneman

Sonneman’s Quattro LED Task Lamp pulls off the difficult task of combining a friendly look with a design of almost clinical geometric simplicity. The LED Task Lamp recalls the style of the Dutch De Stijl art movement. The lamp’s Flat Panel LED lighting shines evenly and without glare, and customers can utilize a cutting edge optical sensor to dim the light without touching anything.

Mosso Pro LED Desk Lamp by Koncept

Sleek and modern, the Koncept Mosso Pro LED Desk Lamp is an undeniably reliable and subtly beautiful desk lamp perfectly suited for modern offices. A built-in touch strip controls the LED light’s brightness, and the light’s color can be changed by holding the lens. With a robust design, versatile angling capabilities and a USB port for charging electronics, this lamp’s versatility is top-notch.

Original 1227 Brass Desk Lamp by Anglepoise

This stunning desk lamp combines all the functionality and craft of modern office lighting while sporting a look that is truly its own. The cast iron base holds up the aluminum stem and shade with ease, while brass details give the lamp a touch of opulence. The stem and shade are adjustable in various directions, allowing the lamp to shine its light wherever the user pleases.

Pixo Optical Table Lamp by Pablo

Compact, mobile, and sporting a cute design, the Pixo Optical Table Lamp provides not just light, but also warmth. The lamp features a rotatable 360° head and arm rotation and 180° arm tilt, so its light can shine wherever is needed. Another nice modern touch is its USB charging port and its touch sensor control with full-range dimming adding even more usefulness to the lamp.

THIN Desk Lamp by Juniper

Juniper’s super compact THIN Desk Lamp truly embodies its name, giving office lighting a minimal twist. A ball joint attached to the base allows the lamp to be oriented in various directions, and an integrated dimming knob adds versatility to the amount of light it emits.

Enna LED Table Lamp by Astro

Bringing together elegant design and a luxurious color scheme, the Enna LED Table Lamp is a useful and beautiful tool that’s sure to delight. With its cylindrical shade and arm shaped like an L, this lamp’s design is unique and well crafted. The lamp’s matte gold finish gives a sense of upscale style, elevating desk lamp design to art.

Berenice Large Table Lamp by Luceplan

With its somewhat rugged look, the Berenice Large Table Lamp evokes the strength and grit of industrial table lamps. A thick round base provides ample support for the adjustable stem, and various color options for the shade add visual embellishment.

Gravy LED Desk Lamp by Koncept

The Gravy LED Desk Lamp was the winner of the 2013 Good Design Away from the Japan Institute of Design, and it’s easy to see why. It is a striking combination of real wood and aluminum, with a wooden bar that can rotate 360° and slide back and forth to adjust the beam of the 28 LEDs.

Z-Bar Mini Gen 3 LED Desk Lamp by Koncept

The Z-BAR Mini Gen 3 LED Desk Lamp features a super-adjustable LED head. While its dimming touch-strip is convenient, even more convenient is its optional occupancy sensor, ensuring you’ll never leave the light on all night again.

AJ Table Lamp by Louis Poulsen

The iconic AJ Table Lamp is a relaunch of the original 1960 Arne Jacobsen design. It emits downward directed light, and can also be adjusted to optimize light distribution.  The shade is painted white on inside to ensure a soft comfortable light ideal for task lighting.

Clamp Mini Table Lamp by Pablo Designs

The Clamp Mini Table Lamp is minimalism at its core: This modern wooden table lamp boasts a polycarbonate 360° rotation arm and its advanced LED array eliminates shadows and also features a hi-low dim control.

Polo Desk Lamp by Marset

The Polo Desk Lamp has a cool architectural look, with an adjustable polo mallet-shaped head at the end of two articulating arms. A sleek, minimalist piece that won’t take up a lot of room on a desktop.

Type 75 Desk Lamp – Paul Smith Edition One by Anglepoise

The playful color scheme of the Paul Smith Edition One Type 75 Desk Lamp complements the renowned classic Type 75 Desk Lamp design. Featuring  Anglepoise constant tension spring technology, chrome-plated fittings, an aluminum shade, and also arms with cast iron base.

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