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Glowing Recommendations

Glowing Recommendations

A floor lamp is one of the few pieces of furniture tall enough to look you in the eye. So don't be shy about choosing one that demands some elbow room—it should be substantial enough to justify its height.

For most spaces, you want a lamp that casts its light specifically rather than generally. Glowing orbs and paper lanterns are valid sculptural objects, but they don't cast the type of light you want to read or work by. The more focused the light, the more focused the activity the light will effectively illuminate.

Choosing the right floor lamp is simple. Just make sure its size is proportional to—and that its style complements (rather than matches)—the chair or table sitting next to it. A lamp, after all, exists only in relation to something else. It needs a reason to shine.


1. Satel.light
Satel.light is otherworldly, evoking the technological without being complicated. A halogen bulb shines on a large reflector dish, which bounces light toward the room.
Height: 79"


2. Twiggy
Every aspect of Twiggy is slim, from its stem to its base. And its long reach allows you to illuminate a dining area or living room without installing a ceiling light.
Height: 77"–85"

3. Melampo Floor
A cutout in this lamp's shade lets you swing the light source into three different positions—normal, askew, and upturned—to vary the direction and intensity of the light.
Height: 54"–65"

4. Toio
The Toio is a bold yet refined alternative to the halogen torchère that nearly burned down your dorm room. Its bulb is a car headlight; fishing-rod rings guide the cord down its stem.
Height: 67"–78"

5. Tripod G5
Functionally, a tripod base provides stability without adding weight; visually, it gives the lamp generous proportions without adding volume.
Height: 70"

6. Ballfinger
Some of the sleekest task lamps have been reproportioned for
an easy transition from desk to floor. Place one next to your favorite chair; it'll save space on your side table.
Height: 49"

7. Uphill
The Uphill is part of a series called Lampscapes, in which quotidian lampshades melt
into one another to make a larger one. The result, as you can see, is magical.
Height: 67"

Photographs by Kent Larsson


They're all a little too thin-stemmed for me.

They are certainly stylish, but not groundbreaking enough for the price.
Kemuel Valdes

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