Daily Ten: Desk Lamps
As part of our series of posts looking at our workspaces, this article aims to shine a light on lamps. Lamps can often be overlooked, some may even just use the main pendant light fitting or some spots. It is however, important to get task lighting right, especially for use in Architecture. Sometimes you need accurate lighting for model making, or drawing by hand. Even if you use a computer, desk lighting is important to prevent your eyes straining in a dark environment.
10. Harley Desk Lamp – John Lewis
The Harley Desk Lamp from John Lewis is a beautifully designed lamp and will create a statement for any office. It is crafted from a single solid piece of polished metal. With an LED bulb the light will be bright and bulb changes will be few and far between.
9. Lightyears Caravaggio T – Hus & Hem
It is easy to appreciate these simple but clever lamps. The pendants can be tilted in various directions to provide task lighting, perfect for lighting that piece of model that doesn’t want to bond! Available in black and white.
8. Flos Kelvin LED Desk Lamp – Heal’s
Designed by Antonio Citterio this modern desk lamp is perfect for the minimalist desk. No unsightly switch is visible as the lamp is operated by a single touch sensitive switch on the lamp head. This lamp is adjustable to many positions to light all corners of your desk.
7. Retro Desk Lamp – Mydeco
There is something about the retro style that appeals to me. This imaginatively named “Retro Desk Lamp” from Mydeco fits its name perfectly. The mixture of the pale green and chrome with clever detailing makes this lamp an instant classic. The great thing about this lamp is it would still look great next to a 27″ monitor from a different century.
6. Celine White Desk Lamp – Heal’s
When it comes to lighting often simplicity is key and simple, the Celine most certainly is. With it’s sleek white finish and adjustable LED head this is the perfect lamp for creating a spot of light where you most need it. The best thing about this lamp however is that the the cable is clear! Making it perfect for wire tidy freaks such as myself.
5. Box Light – Design House Stockholm
These box lights appeal to a side of us that enjoys magic, more specifically the box of tricks. These clever drawers, once opened reveal a box of light. The most clever aspect of this lamp is that opening the box reveals the light meaning no pesky switches, just intriguing design. Available in grey and black.
4. BLOCK lamp – 25togo
Unfortunately this lamp is just a Japanese concept, but it appealed to the child in me. This Lego block based lamp is interesting due to it’s adaptable shape and the fact that the holes can be used to store pens and other desk materials.
3. Dioder Light Strip – Ikea
If I had vast amounts of money (unfortunately I am a trainee architect) I would use the Ikea ‘Dioder’ all over my house. I first became interested in their use on monitors when I saw the Philips Ambilight System. This Ikea alternative is perfect for making ambient light around your desk monitor. These versions can be set to any colour or to cycle a range of colours.
2. Lamp ooo! – Sergio Hannino
At Habitables we love multifunctional products and the ‘Lamp ooo!’ fits this criteria. Doubling as a book end this lamp (with an intriguing name!) features 3 bulbs. We love that this lamp combines the retro bulb mirror look with modern minimalist lines.
1. Brick Lamp – H.C Wang Design
We have scoured the internet and decided that this is the best desk lamp around. It combines design with functionality, creating a large amount of attractive light and yet beautifully designed and simplistic. Crafted from a single piece of aluminium this light can be turned in almost any direction, even perched right next to your paper for drawing.