Stylish & Illuminating: The Best Task and Desk Lamps

Stylish & Illuminating: The Best Task and Desk Lamps

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Maxwell Ryan
Aug 23, 2015

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.

The Wally Task Lamp (above)

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.


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The Clint Desk Lamp in Bronze and Marble - $159

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.


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Room Essentials Articulated Task Lamp - $31.99

From Target, this sleek gray lamp has a familiar shape and a great price point.


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Z-Bar LED Task Table Lamp - $495

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.


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Writer's Task Table Lamp - $179 - $239

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.


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Arc Task Lamp - $54.99 – $59

We love the hybrid of bold colors with a traditional shape and material on these Pottery Barn Teen task lamps.


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Shine-On Clip Light - $34 – $39

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.


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Memphis - $950

For fans of the Memphis Design Group, DAMM's stylish take on the task light has a modern and retro feel.


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Steel & Brass Table Lamp - $217

This light fixture from TRNK is unassuming and bold, all at once.


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Tripod desk lamp - $95

Choose between a bare bulb or a shade on this smart little lamp from onefortythree.


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Copper Arc Table Lamp - $69.95

This CB2 fixture features interesting architecture for a lamp, and its material will give off an industrial vibe.


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Slanted Copper Table Lamp - $448

A mix of materials and a bold shape set this Antropologie lamp apart from the rest.


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Anchored Orb Task Lamp - $248

We love the curves and color of this sweet lamp from Anthropologie, which won't take up a lot space on your tabletop, either.

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