Decorating & Design

December 2, 2010

Five Great Task Lamps

I’ve always loved the simplicity and sculptural quality of task lamps. They’re the perfect modern, industrial hit for nearly any space. From a bedside table to a desk, a reading lamp in the living room or a punchy hit of colour in a hallway, the task lamp reigns supreme in my books!

Photo Blog Task Lamps Lighting Desk

Now I know there are a number of different types, but the one I covet most is by Jieldé (above), a French company that has been making gorgeous lighting since 1950.

Photo Blog Task Lamps Lighting Desk

Stacey Smithers and I used a great bronze floor lamp by Jieldé (available through Hollace Cluny) in the September 2010 issue of H&H. I love how the lamp looks next to the vintage desk — simple and understated. And who says you have to use a table lamp at desk? Try pulling up a floor lamp for a more contemporary look.

Photo Blog Task Lamps Lighting Desk Crate & Barrel

There are several options available if you’re in the market for a task lamp. I suggest something with the same classic lines as the Jieldé. The Pharmacy Antiqued Bronze Desk Lamp (above) by Crate & Barrel is a good option. I love the worn bronze finish.

Photo Blog Task Lamps Lighting Desk CB2 Yellow

If you’re looking for something a bit more contemporary, try the Crane Grellow Desk Lamp by CB2. Now available in Canada!

Photo Blog Task Lamps Lighting Desk West Elm

The Industrial Task Table Lamp from West Elm is another gorgeous and affordable option — only $59! I love the polished nickel accents with the glossy black finish. I’m actually thinking of these for bedside tables in my own place!

Photo Blog Task Lamps Lighting Desk Ikea

Here’s a floor version from Ikea. It doesn’t have the same jointed arm, but will still provide the same overall look. I like the white — and the price, $40!

Browse our Offices & Work Spaces section for more task lighting ideas.

Photo credits:
1. Signal SI333/SI433, Jieldé
2. House & Home September 2010 issue, photography by Michael Graydon
3. Pharmacy Antiqued Bronze Desk Lamp, Crate & Barrel
4. Crane Grellow Desk Lamp, CB2
5. Industrial Task Table Lamp, West Elm
6. Format Floor Lamp, Ikea