Quart Table lamp by Rich Brilliant Willing, $705
The canister shade provides strong directional light, ideal for reading, while the stone base lends richness without hogging precious space.
Snoopy by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni for Flos, $1,095
If you’re going to drop a thousand dollars on a lamp, consider a classic, like the Castiglionis’ marble beauty, originally introduced in 1967.
Stilt table lamp by Blu Dot, $299
Shed some light on the subject by choosing a lamp with height (in this case, 28 inches). A crisp linen shade and a cloth-covered cord add tactility.
Studioilse w084 by Ilse Crawford for Wästberg, $625
A dimmer and a semi-translucent shade add extra warmth to this unpretentious task lamp. Crawford has equipped the work tables in her London studio with the design—a ringing endorsement indeed.
F/K/A table lamp by Jonah Takagi for Matter-Made, $1,410
Not everything in life has to be practical. F/K/A’s seven saturated color combinations render it as much of an art object as it is a task light.