Best Stylish Task & Desk Lamps – High to Low

published Mar 14, 2016
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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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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.

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.

Sophisticated with a unique mix of authentic raw materials (copper, white oak, iron, marble), this one is the most sculptural of the lot.

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.

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.

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.


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.

A simple cantilever design that comes in four finishes, the brass is my pick for this season.

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.

More shiny brass, but this time in a traditional task shape at a nice CB2 price.


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.

With mid century flair, but newly designed and made by this small family run outfit in Nevada, these tripods have nice, small footprints.

A colorful reproduction of the classic French design, PB Teen does a good job of making happy, useful products for great prices.

Not sure how I found this, but I LOVE it. From England.

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.

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.