16 Modern, Cool Lamps That Will Completely Transform Your Space – Forbes

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Winter is a dark time—in the most literal sense. When the sun is lacking, good lighting is essential to brighten up your surroundings (and mood). It’s also a design moment: The latest modern table lamps, floor lamps and pendant lights are fun and bold, a departure from the usual, with unexpected shades, upbeat colors and dazzling hardware. This lighting does more than merely illuminate—it elevates your rooms, too.
Jonathan Adler’s Ripple Floor Lamp has a pop of pastel blue to lighten up your surroundings.
While you can place a lamp nearly anywhere, let your surroundings dictate your choices and consider where you need the extra wattage. Hay’s pleated lamp is perfect on a side table in a living room while Louis Poulsen’s classic PH 5 pendant lamp—now updated in bold, new colorways—casts the right glow over a table or entryway. Jonathan Adler’s Ripple floor lamp brings a chic dose of light to a reading nook, your couch or any sitting area.
Smart details also set these stylish lamps apart. Marset’s wireless design eliminates the need to have an outlet nearby and has a shade you can rotate and pivot. West Elm’s industrial floor lamp comes with a built-in table so you can rest a drink while reading or entertaining (cheers to that).
With so many options, of course, you can spend on every end of the spectrum. Target’s Project 62 sleek task lamp is a steal at $45. Kelly Wearstler’s stunning geometric floor lamp is more of a splurge in the $3,000 range. But as a form of light therapy, is there any better investment in your happiness this winter? Here, 16 modern table lamps, floor lamps and pendant lighting to switch on and beat the winter blues in style.
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The classic pleated lamp shade gets a modern update: Crafted by French designer Inga Sempé, this table lamp features a slender, geometric metal stand and comes in a variety of bright and muted colors, all of which look very chic in an office or bedroom.
Jonathan Adler
Inspired by the arches of the Colosseum, this graphic table lamp punches up the corner of any living room, entry way or bedroom. The minimalist form is detailed with gold accents and polished porcelain for a little something extra, too.
Spanish design house Marset solved that very annoying problem of having to place lamps near outlets. The wireless design of the Bicoca means you can put this gleaming, monochromatic table lamp anywhere you please, and for added convenience, the shade rotates so you can position it for best lighting.
A good task lamp is essential in any home office or work room where you need a focused beam of light to illuminate your work. This affordable, well-made design has an elongated shade—a subtle twist on the traditional shape that adds interest.
The intricately inlaid chevron pattern on this table lamp is stunning. Each piece is cut to a specific size and shape, and then applied to the base, in varying shades of indigo and white to create the unique pattern. The lamp is finished with soft shape and linen shade to provide chic contrast.
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It’s a splurge, but downtown-chic designer Kelly Wearstler’s dramatic and architectural floor lamp pairs feminine curves with sleek masculine lines for a result that’s part sculpture, part lighting source.
Jonathan Adler
This tall, statuesque lamp has legs cut from a wave-like pattern, which provides pleasing contrast against the straight lines of a room. The beautiful powder blue shade, meanwhile, is unexpected and fun, and definitely draws the eye.
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This industrial lamp doubles as a side table and looks great in a living room or next to your bed (where the table serves as nightstand: genius). The body is crafted from iron with an antique finish and the shelf is made sustainably sourced solid mango wood.
This super popular lamp has racked up more than 1,500 reviews on Wayfair, where it has a nearly perfect five star rating. It’s well-made and extremely versatile, featuring a globe shade on top of a slim body and round base, which blends in with any decor. The foot switch makes it easy to turn this lamp on and off, too.
The arc-style lamp is a classic, perfect for casting light over couches, coffee tables and chairs, creating a soft overhead glow. This one combines a white marble base with polished nickel hardware and works with any type of shade you prefer (note, the lamp does not come with a shade).
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Designed by Ana Kraš, this lampshade is made with a special weaving technique, in which wool-nylon yarn is wrapped around a steel frame. Each individual shade is unique and has varying colors. Even cooler, you can use it as pendant or a table lamp, depending on which cord set you buy it with.
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It’s a piece of design history that you’ll never tire of: Louis Poulsen’s PH 5 pendant light, designed by Poul Henningsen in 1958, is a Danish must-have. The elegant and innovative shades are layered to prevent glare, no matter where you hang this lamp.
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This atom-inspired pendant lamp has a high-shine gold finish and delicate glass orbs, which provide the perfect centerpiece over a dining room or kitchen table. It comes in this metallic shade as well a sleek matte black version.
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This U-shaped chandelier is composed of rotating tubes that direct light in different directions to create an ambient glow. Made by Korean brand AGO and designed by Stockholm-based ByMars studio, this geometric statement piece is meant to be refined but also incorporate a bit of playfulness and humor.
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The candelabra in the center of this sphere metal cage illuminates the center for a visually stunning effect. The metal framework is sculpted by artisans to mimic the longitudinal and latitudinal lines of a globe for a very striking effect.
Designers Marcelo Dabini and Nadia Corsaro created the Wood Eco Project (WEP) as a method of manufacturing lamps entirely of authentic wood. The duo developed their own unique flexible wood veneer, which can be sculpted into a variety of forms, such as this stunning wave-like pendant.


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