A few days ago my dear friend Peter asked me if I could give him some advice on floor reading lamps; he likes contemporary interiors and is looking for something “cool, sleek, not too obtrusive but making a statement”.
So here’s a list of free-standing reading lamps that might fit the bill:
Doride designed by Karim Rashid for Artemide – light, organic, sinuous; available in black and white.
Tolomeo by Michele De Lucchi for Artemide – Designed in 1972, this is a classic that looks good in every interior; the shade is available either in parchment paper or pale grey satin polycarbonate fibre blend.
There’s also a larger version (Tolomeo Mega Floor), with shades available in two different sizes (36 or 42 cm).
Twiggy by Marc Sadler for Foscarini – Available in black, white, yellow and red, Twiggy is essential, elegant and sophisticated.
AJ floor lamp by Arne Jacobsen for Louis Poulsen – another fabulous classic, now available in many fun colours.
Circle floor lamp – De Padova – Light, sleek and fun; I particularly like the yellow version.
Titania by Alberto Meda & Paolo Rizzatto for Luceplan – Another classic, graceful and futuristic; five pairs of interchangeable filters in green, red, blue, yellow and violet, determine the different colourings of the shell, while continuing to emit a white light.
Grasshopper by Greta Magnusson Grossman for Gubi – another timeless piece that will look at home in any interior. Available in blue-grey, warm-grey, anthracite grey, vintage red.
Cobra by Greta Magnusson Grossman for Gubi – same as Grasshopper; available in blue-grey, warm-grey, anthracite grey, old pink.
Vibia i.Cono 715 by Lievore, Altherr, Molina for Vibia Light – Available in white, green and black, a cute lamp with personality.
PostKrisi 024 by Catellani & Smith – I’ve already blogged about this, and I still find the Catellani & Smith range of lights simply amazing. Graceful & elegant, PostKrisi 024 has a shade made of hand painted or natural fibreglass that looks like fabric and creates beautiful effects on the wall. Available in white, red, blue, natural, yellow.
Afra by Anta – Eastern inspiration for this beautiful, essential lamp available in either black or white, with interior finish in gold or silver.
Scantlet P73 by Marset – Nice combo of painted metal and lacquered oak, that creates a sober, tidy yet homely look.
I enjoyed researching these lamps, and I hope Peter finds something he likes too!
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