Best desk lamps

A couple of things promoted this look at the best desk lamps. Firstly, I’ve interviewed crack Amsterdam-based interior designer Kate Hume a couple of times for UK ELLE Decoration, and one of her ‘hero’ items that she employs in nearly every scheme is not some super-expensive thing, but the Metropol lamp from Habitat, which seems like a pretty good tip to pass on. Metropol is stylish but unobtrusive, and Kate typically uses it to highlight an eclectic display of objects on a table. Second, a friend has just completed the first draft of his debut novel, and he wrote it in his spare bedroom under the depressing watch of a single, bare energy-saving bulb in the ceiling. Now, writing a novel is, I am sure, a painful business, and if only he’d had a nice little desk lamp for company it might have been fractionally more pleasurable. So here are some ideas to make your workspace more conducive to creative, happy thoughts.

table-lamps

Clockwise from top left: Secto 4220 by Seppo Koho, from Skandium; Quentin, from BHS; Lean Table Red by Tom Dixon, from Icône; Atlantis, by Graham and Green; Jieldé, from Caravan; Metropol, by Habitat; Hector with pleated shade, by Holloways of Ludlow; white Anglepoise, from Heal’s; Bestlite, from Elk Home; 1940s-style bronze lamp, by Plümo

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