A brand new list for those special, eye catching and hard working lamps that finish off the space where you do your best thinking. If you want to see last years top 12 picks in task and desk lamps, head over here. Meanwhile, here’s an all new selection, grouped by price, which should be a quick guide to what’s really fresh and good on the market.
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From Original BTC in England, Peter Bowles masterful combining of porcelain, steel and light created a great line, of which this is the best single piece.
From Target, this sleek gray lamp has a familiar shape and a great price point.
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Choose between a bare bulb or a shade on this smart little lamp from onefortythree.
Perhaps my all time favorite on the affordable end, this is an IKEA classic that comes in two colors as well as floor and sconce designs.
Also from West Elm is this retro-inspired desk lamp that really wows with its choice of materials. And the curvy shapes of the base and shade will contrast with a square or rectangular desk nicely.
A newly coppered version of the Atomic which I’ve loved for years, this wide curving form is a great addition to any plain jane desk.
And if you want a pop of color with a light that has the ability to be moved around a desk as you work on projects, check out this small but potent light on Pottery Barn Teens as well.
The Grasshopper Table lamp by Greta Grossman is an lovely adaption of the floor version, which kicks ass. Another high end design classic, I love the black powder coated steel with solid brass.
Last week I chronicled some of my personal small space struggles, showing you a photo of my own “office corner.” My favorite part is a thrift store find of a tiny little lamp. If you work primarily on the computer, you probably rarely need a light with adjustable arms or high-wattage bulbs to help you see papers. Like us, you might only need a soft glow from a small lamp to help illuminate your desk at night. These 9 lamps do just that: they’re small, stylish and the perfect addition to a desk when looking for a little bit of simple light! Cross-Base Table Lamp from West Elm $99 Jonsbo Ilsbo table lamp from IKEA $19.99 Insight Table Lamp from Crate and Barrel $59.95 Fado Table Lamp from IKEA $14.99 Dachshund Lamp from Urban Outfitters $78 Mini crystal form lamp from Circa Lighting $210 James Glass Kerosene Lamp from Pottery Barn $99 Casa table lamp from CB2 $49.95 Mini Teardrop Table Lamp from West Elm $59
A simple cantilever design that comes in four finishes, the brass is my pick for this season.
For the very modern, this is my top pick. An absolutely stunning piece of modern engineering by Jake Dyson (James Dyson’s son) this task lamp goes above and beyond to give you 3 axis motion, no drooping, high power dimmable LED’s, multiple colors and a floor and ceiling model.
More shiny brass, but this time in a traditional task shape at a nice CB2 price.
We love the hybrid of bold colors with a traditional shape and material on these Pottery Barn Teen task lamps.
A mix of materials and a bold shape set this Antropologie lamp apart from the rest.
This light fixture from TRNK is unassuming and bold, all at once.
Topping the high end of the spectrum, this copper and “snow marble” original from Anthro is stunning and fashionable lamp that could finish a room all by itself.
If you liked the horizontal shape of the above lamp but are looking for more of a traditional desk lamp style, go for this other light from Restoration Hardware that will still function great and offer a streamlined look.
The simple and sweet shape of this West Elm lamp means it’ll fit in even on a compact desk, and the hint of color is modern but not too startling.
This razor sharp lamp from Restoration Hardware has a barely-there profile that will cut a modern look when it sets atop a clean desktop. An adjustable LED head means you can move it and control the light to go just where you want it.
From the Parisian design firm, Swabdesign, this retro task lamp is super cool and bold with multiple colored cords sticking out and adding to the drama.
This CB2 fixture features interesting architecture for a lamp, and its material will give off an industrial vibe.
With mid century flair, but newly designed and made by this small family run outfit in Nevada, these tripods have nice, small footprints.
Do you use a lamp at your desk? If so what kind? What do you think of these stylish and small desk lamps, and what are your own suggestions?
We love the curves and color of this sweet lamp from Anthropologie, which won’t take up a lot space on your tabletop, either.
A colorful reproduction of the classic French design, PB Teen does a good job of making happy, useful products for great prices.
Designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1960, the shape is iconic, it comes in many colors and the design is totally solid and flawless. It’s worth every penny when you’re ready to spend this much.
A slim profile and inspiration from 1950s and ’60s design, give this chic work light more character than expected. It comes in white and black. I particularly like the pull chain detail.
For fans of the Memphis Design Group, DAMM’s stylish take on the task light has a modern and retro feel.
Regardless of whether you work on a computer or do other activities at your desk, you probably at some point in the day need a little task lighting. We’re not sure why, but sometimes we tire of typical “office-y” looking desk lamps and crave cuter, smaller lights with personality.
Sophisticated with a unique mix of authentic raw materials (copper, white oak, iron, marble), this one is the most sculptural of the lot.
A totally interesting new offering from Target’s Threshold line, it “has an oak wood base and metal shade for a do-it-yourself look. It also comes with a dimmer.
A task lamp is the finishing touch to a well-appointed desk. It helps create the perfect setting for writing that novel, finishing your homework and yes, even paying the bills. But more than just looking good, the right desk lamps will light the tabletop tasks most important to you. These 13 desk and task lamps combine style with function beautifully.