ISSUE 56  |  In the Library

10 Easy Pieces: Classic Floor Reading Lamps

January 21, 2013 2:30 PM

BY Janet Hall

In addition to providing focused, direct light for the reading of newspapers or novels, classic reading lamps add an architectural feel to your living space; here are ten we love (and use in our own houses), ranging in price from $15 to $1,000.

Above: Designed by Robert Dudley Best in 1930, the Original BTC Task Floor Lamp is $995 at Horne; it's available in seven colors.

Above: The Bellevue AJ2 Floor Lamp was Arne Jacobsen's first lighting design; it's available in black or white at Horne for $1,100.

Above: The Lampe Gras Floor Lamp 215, designed by Bernard-Albin Gras in 1921 and admired (and used) by Le Corbusier, is back in production after a several-decades hiatus. It's currently on sale at DWR for $743.75 (down from $875) and is available in chrome or black.

Above: Currently on sale at Design Within Reach, the Grasshopper Lamp by Greta Grossman for Gubi is $743.75 (down from $875) and is available in six colors.

Above: The Tab Lamp for Flos, designed by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby in 2008 is $445 at Room & Board.

Above: The Hector Medium Floor Lamp by Original BTC features a bone china shade and base; it's $350 at Horne.

Above: The Type 75 Anglepoise Floor Lamp from UK company Anglepoise is available for £170.40 in the UK; in the US, the Type 75 Floor Lamp is $250 at Horne.

Above: The enameled steel, French industrial Jieldé Signal Floor Lamp D1260 is $1,335 at Horne and is available in 18 brilliant colors as well as chromed and brushed steel finishes. The similar, lower-priced Jielde Signal Floor Lamp SI833 is $595 at Horne.

Above: The Tolomeo Reading Floor Lamp is $500 at Y Lighting.

Above: The affordable basic Lersta Floor Lamp is $14.99 at Ikea.

Above: The classic Arne Jacobsen Floor Lamp, designed in 1957 for the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen, is available in eight colors; $998 at Y Lighting.

Above: The basic and functional Mil Floor Lamp is $19.99 at Ikea.

N.B. This post is an update; the original ran on October 14, 2009.