During these short, dark pandemic days, the need for proper lighting has never been more pressing. To that end, we’ve surfaced a selection of floor lamps. In order to ensure there’s something for every type of person, we scoured the market — getting input from set designers and shop owners, unearthing reviews, polling our fellow shopping-consumed Strategist editors, and partaking in some serious internet snooping. Our recommendations range from one made from orange sheet metal that triples as a lamp, bookshelf, and stool, which Hood Century’s founder, Jerald Cooper, calls “genius,” to the elegant vertical LED light seen here (it was discovered by shoe designer Alice Wang), which goes for only $123 at Home Depot.
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Snooping: I. M. Pei’s Flattop Floor Lamp
Last year, the late I. M. Pei’s Sutton Place townhouse — which he designed with Tasmanian-oak floors and an oblong skylight — went on the market for $8 million. In the corner of the living room, we spotted a handsome flattop disc lamp. While this Artemide lamp isn’t the same one, it’s comparable. Discs make up the base as well as the lamp head, and the entire slender thing is made of aluminum.
Ask a Cool Person: The Brand-New Status Lamp
Two tasteful folks told us about new kid on the (floor-lamp) block Ryan Preciado. According to brand consultant Emma Holland, his playful lamps — which, he tells us, are made “out of turned poplar and painted with car paint” — are the status ones right now; Hood Century’s Jerald Cooper agrees, saying, “Ryan’s lamp really reminds me of the big kid in me.”
Expert-Approved: A Tripod Floor Lamp That Looks Like an Alien
Designer Courtney McLeod loves the Moresby by Aerin, calling it “a personal favorite.” It has a leaflike shade and a tiny tripod base and, she says, “so much personality — like a chic little alien landed in your living room and joined the party.”
Snooping: Julio Torres’s Living-Room Lamp
We spotted a yolk-yellow tubular lamp in the corner of former SNL writer and comedian Julio Torres’s Williamsburg apartment after it was shot for Architectural Digest. While Torres got his from Bi-Rite Studio, we think this one from Koncept is a pretty good stand-in. It’s not in that cheery yellow (though the red is a nice alternative), and it’s not tubular per se (bear with us), but it really captures the spirit of the vintage lamp’s minimalist silhouette with its angled, elongated head.
Snooping: A Circular Floor Lamp Like the Many Charli XCX Has
Judging from a recent Charli XCX Instagram post, the singer’s apartment is filled with globular floor lamps of various sizes. If you’d like to emulate her approach, two interiors experts suggest placing some circular lamps either on the floor or propped up on a stack of books. Shannon Retseck, the owner of home-goods brand Cuttalossa, likes Artemide’s globe lamps, which are made of handblown glass and come in mini, small, medium, and large sizes. If well placed, Retseck says, they will “bring a serene diffused light,” and a “cluster of
a few different sizes will break up all the straight lines of your space.”
The Noguchi: The Go-to Noguchi
“For new lamps, we think it’s hard to top a Noguchi lamp,” say Meghan Lavery and Daniel King, owners of vintage-furniture and design store Home Union in Brooklyn. “They fit with anything and give the nicest glow.”
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Ask a Cool Person: A Mildly Kitschy Lamp
Carrie Carrollo, a home decorator, stumbled on this lamp “probably 200 pages deep in a search through my go-to affordable online décor sources.” She had sought a three-globe light in an eye-catching style, “and this spiral brushed-steel design caught my eye right away. It’s quite modern.”