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10 Easy Pieces: Best Architect’s Lamps


10 Easy Pieces: Best Architect’s Lamps

Julie Carlson July 15, 2013

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 first Jielde lamp was created in 1950 by Jean Louis Domecq, a designer based in Lyon, France, who was frustrated by the dearth of heavy-duty, hard-working task lamps on the market. The Jielde SI333 Signal Desk Lamp in Bronze (exclusive to Remodelista + Horne) is $495 at 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: Designed by Yaacov Kaufman for German company Serien Lighting, the Job Table Lamp has a borosilicate glass arm and polished stainless steel shade; in the US it’s available from Plug Lighting (call for pricing). Online, the Job Table Lamp is available from Connox for €860.

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.

Above: West Elm’s Industrial Task Lamp is available in eight different colors; $69.

Above: Arod Work Lamp; $39.99 from Ikea.

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