Architect's Lamps: High & Low

Architect's Lamps: High & Low

Sarah Coffey
Jul 6, 2010

These types of lamps go by many names — task lights, drafting lamps, or architect's lamps — because they're designed to illuminate blueprints and drafting papers. The adjustable head and neck can be moved without interfering with the wiring. Industrial designers have been re-envisioning the basic lamp since the 1920s, refining it and coming out with new designer and budget models.

  1. Jieldé Loft Desk Lamp - D6440: First designed in 1950, these lamps continue to be manufactured by French company Jieldé. Made from enameled steel and available in 18 colors at Horne for $1,100.
  2. Lampe Gras: Created in 1921 by Bernard-Albin Gras, these lamps were used by French architect Le Corbusier. Made of chrome, they're available for $560 (marked down from $660) at Brook Farm General Store.
  3. Tolomeo Desk Lamp: Designed in 1987, the Tolomeo's lamp head can be rotated 360 degrees using a handle. It's made of anodized aluminum and it's available for $395 at Design Within Reach.
  4. Angelpoise: The Angelpoise 'Original1227 in Chrome' was reissued in 2009 to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the first 1227 lamp, created by British designer George Carwardine. There are two versions: an aluminum model available in 3 colors for $250 or a chrome model for $350.
  5. Atelier Task Table Lamp: This lamp is a variation on the Jieldé design. Made from polished nickel, it's available at Restoration Hardware for $300.
  6. JJ Task Lamp: This lamp is an Italian design created by Centro Stile and first produced in 1937. Now produced by I Tre, it's made of aluminum and steel and sells for $167 at Y Lighting.
  7. Architect's Table Lamp: Pottery Barn's version of the architect's lamp is made from iron with an antiqued metal finish. There are two types: a basic one for $150 and a smart technology model ($200) that has two plugs for cell phones or electronics built into the base.
  8. Crane Grellow Desk Lamp: This lamp comes with an LED bulb in a high-gloss green-yellow (or 'grellow'). Made of powdercoated steel, it's avaialble at CB2 for $100.
  9. Hi-Light Task Lamp: Another variation on the Jieldé, this lamp comes from Pottery Barn Teen. It's available in 7 different colors for $60 (marked down from $80).
  10. Antifoni Work Lamp: This lamp has a halogen bulb, a steel frame, an aluminum reflector, and plastic joints. It's the cheapest of the bunch, available in silver or black at IKEA for $25.

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