Originally designed to illuminate blueprints and drafting papers, architect's lamps have a no-nonsense industrial vibe and work well in a variety of settings; here are our 10 favorites (a mix of classics and newer contenders), starting at $40.
Above: A favorite of Le Corbusier, the Lampe Gras Model 205 Task Lamp was designed in 1921 by Bernard-Albin Gras and features a cast steel frame, a chrome or matte black finish; $369.75 (down from $435) at
Above: The Luxo original L1- Task Light, designed in 1937 by Norweigan Jac Jacobsen, is available in chrome, black, white, or gray; $199 at YLighting.
Above: Designed in 1919 by Johan Petter Johanesson, the Triplex lamp is an industrial classic favored by collectors in Sweden. One of those aficionadoes, Robert Kullenberg, an engineer, has formed a design company called Mackapar, dedicated to bringing the Triplex back into production. Go to Triplex for ordering information (prices start at SEK 11,345).
Above: Designer Richard Ostell calls the Lumina Daphine Tavolo "the most elegant lamp in the world; beautiful, simple, functional and timeless." Designed by Tommaso Cimini in 1975, it has been in production ever since. The Lumina Daphine Tavolo is currently on sale for $375 (down from $435) at Richard Ostell.
Above: An update on the classic Anglepoise lamp designed in 1932 by automotive engineer George Carwardine, the Type 75 Desk Lamp in white is $165 from Horne.
Above: The Articulating Desk Lamp from Old Faithful features a heavyweight metal base, polished nickel hardware with a matte zinc finish and a black and white zigzag cloth cord; $219.95.
Above: Designer David Oxley's Kickstarter-funded Harvey LED Task Lamp features smooth-move aluminum joins featuring rare earth magnets; available for preorder (late July delivery date projected) for £165.