If you're going modern or contemporary in your living room or entry, ceramic table lamps may be the first ones that come to mind, but we've found something that takes retro lamps in an entirely different direction.
First of all, we know about lamps around here, but I didn't have any idea that recycled aluminum could be handspun to make the body of a contemporary table lamp. But, that exactly what Babette Holland did with her Green Striped Gemini Table Lamp. Not only is the body spun aluminum but it's done in brown and green stripes. No two are exactly alike. The designer says they are reminiscent of 1950s drink tumblers. Topped with a gold silk shade, the Gemini Table Lamp is perfect for a modern interior.
Just imagine this lamp or a pair of them on a long sleek table in the foyer? Or, think about showing them off at either end of a cool green or chocolate velvet sofa. This is a retro look that's showing up again in today's rooms.
Green Striped Gemini Table Lamp
An updated whimsical take on the iconic brass bankers lamps with their green shades, the Dale Tiffany Dragonfly Banker's Lamp combines a bit of history and a touch of art deco. Its history comes from the weary banking accountants who worked the night through, bringing order their ledger books by the light of those green-shaded lamps during the 1800s. One of StylePath's many glass desk lamps, the Dragonfly Lamp has a beautiful verdigris finish tree and leaf base accented with a single colorful dragonfly. The glass favrile glass shade in yellow and green and the ball pull chain complete this Dale Tiffany designed desk lamp.
One of the most enduring antique table lamp styles is the Tiffany table lamp. Louis Comfort Tiffany originally developed Tiffany stained glass beginning in 1878, but today the term Tiffany lamps is used loosely, generally referring to any lamp designed with a shade done in the Tiffany stained glass style. Modern versions may or may not be made entirely of glass.
For example, the John Timberland Mica Tiffany Style Mission Table Lamp is topped by a shade made of glass and mica formed into a beautiful geometric pattern. The shading and pattern of the mica contribute to the unique look of this lighting piece.
Called a Tiffany style lamp, it combines that stained glass look with mission style in the shape of the shade and the design of the wood base. The night light built into the base adds functionality and an extra touch of beauty to the lamp. We think this one would look great in a mission style home office.
For those contemporary and modern style lovers out there, Susi chose three gorgeous full circle contemporary table lamps for her high/low comparison this week. Any of these stylish lamps would go perfectly in a pair beside a sofa or alone on an entry table.
Home Decorator's Orb and Circle Table Lamp features sleek walnut and a satin steel orb for just under $200.
George Kovacs Chrome Circle Table Lamp topped with a black linen shade for under $300.
The Millenium Silver Open Globes Iron Table Lamp's silver iron finish is topped with a light gray shade lined in pearl cotton for under $400.
Luxurious Swarovski crystals make the Geometrix artistic table lamps sparkle with the intensity of a thousand jewels. Created by Schonbek Lighting of Bohemia circa 1870, these guys know how to light up a room with 130 years of traditional crystal chandelier making experience.
Classic and contemporary, these sparkling beauties will illuminate any modern or contemporary space beautifully. Buy a pair and place them on each side of a sleek leather sofa. Set one atop an entry table for a powerful impact. Use as a desk lamp in an ultra modern home or commercial office.
The crystal clear style is dazzling, however if you like a bit more color in your world, these gems come in over 30 shades from Alabaster to Waterlily. Swarovski is the gold standard when it comes to precision cut crystal quality and purity.
Adding one or more of these artistically brilliant crystal lights to your space will give it instant class.
Swarovski Crystal Dionyx Table Lamp by Schonbek
Swarovski Crystal Aleax Table Lamp by Schonbek
Swarovski Crystal Da Vinci Table Lamp by Schonbek
They call it a “desk” lamp, but this retro ball of fun could illuminate most any space in your home. If your place is contemporary, modern or transitional, here’s a few niches where we think decorative lamps would look absolutely fab:
Take two and let them highlight the top of your buffet, credenza, fireplace mantel or as bedside table lamps.
Put one next to your favorite reading chair—caution you may not be able to take your eyes off it.
Stick one on a table in your entry way to welcome visitors.
Set one on your desk. (OK, we gave in on this one.)
The Glow Lamp’s dual controls make it easy to enjoy several lighting levels. Not only does it have a light on top, the globe base down below glows too. It’s all about warm light, white lines and polished brass accents. It also has an interesting back story: It was created by Franz Holtkoetter’s lighting company who is famous for their German “light machines.” Their motto: “Licht machen” or to make light.
This lamp has such a way about it; you can design a whole room around it. Talk about found objects! Here’s what we would do if we were you…pair it with the hot pink Seven Sofa from designer Michiel van der Kely, the Bertram Rectangle coffee table by Luxo Interiors, and this jazzy, black and white hand-knotted rug from Himalayan Collection.
Now you’re glowing!