Having a well-lit room is important—but so is a well-designed lamp. Big, tall floor lights and dramatic pendants may be the go-tos when it comes to making an interior design statement, but the pared-down table lamp is just as significant, especially when it comes to the practicals of lighting a dark corner or wanting to read. Whether perched on a nightstand or a windowsill, these small objects can make a room brighter and more interesting. Naturally, the options seem boundless—electricity has been a thing for a while, after all—whether your style demands a classic, lamp-shade-plus-stand look or a more outside-the-box option, like a desk-side light that resembles a glowing crystal ball. Here, a closer look at nine of our tops.
By Helena Madden
Design Within Reach, Flos, Louis Poulsen