ISSUE 4  |  The Rustic Life

10 Easy Pieces: Task Lamps

January 25, 2012 11:30 AM

BY Julie Carlson

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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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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