10 Easy Pieces: Task Lamps by

Issue 4 · The Rustic Life · January 25, 2012

10 Easy Pieces: Task Lamps

Issue 4 · The Rustic Life · January 25, 2012

We're convinced that a good task lamp helps us get more work done. Here are our top ten functional—and beautiful—desk lights.

Beauty comes at a price, so you might also want to take a look at our top economical desk light options in 10 Easy Pieces: Economical Task Lights. Hector Table Lamp Above: Original BTC's Hector Table Lamp, designed by Peter Bowles, has a bone china shade and a ceramic base with a cotton-braided cord; available at Conran USA for $275.

Job Table Lamp

Above: The Job Table Lamp from Germany has a glass arm and polished stainless steel shade; $2,200 at Plug Lighting.

Bestlite BL1 Table Lamp

Above: The Bestlite BL1 was designed by Robert Dudley Best in 1930; it is in the collection of the Design Museum in London; $647 from All Modern Outlet.

Signal Desk Lamp

Above: Designed by Jean-Louis Domecq in the 1950s, the French Jielde Signal Desk Lamp is an industrial-age classic. It is available in 17 different colors from Horne for $440.

Tolomeo Desk Lamp

Above: The Tolomeo Desk Lamp in aluminum is $420 from Design Within Reach.

Arc 109 Lamp

Above: Adjustable Arc 109 Lamp from Brooklyn-based David Weeks Studio.

Ballfinger Table Lamp

Above: The Ballfinger Table Lamp was designed in 2005 by Roland Schneider for German company Ballfinger; $750 at Nest Living.

Studioilse w084t Wastberg Lamp

Above: Designed by Ilse Crawford for Swedish lighting company Wästberg, the Studioilse w084t Wastberg Lamp is $500 at Horne.

AJ Table Lamp by Louis Poulsen

Above: The AJ Table Lamp by Louis Poulsen in black; $812 from Nest Living.

Bruno Task Lamp

Above: CB2's Bruno Lamp is made of powder-coated cast iron and oak; $99.95.

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