When we moved into our new apartment earlier this year, we looked up at the living room ceiling and realized it’s missing any lighting. This was fine by me to be honest (no need to cover an unsightly fixture), but now we’re in need of a floor lamp or two and I’ve been on the hunt ever since.
The thing with floor lamps is they’re a big statement, nothing like a flush mount light. They’re right in your line of vision; probably best to go with a style to endure frequent use—and frequent indecision. Here are our picks of the 10 best classic industrial floor lamps.
Above: The Jielde Loft Floor Lamp D1260 was originally designed in 1950 as an industrial-strength line for the home. Made in France from enameled steel, the lamp is $1,416 and comes in 28 different colors at Horne. Above: The Yuh Floor Lamp designed by Louis Poulsen has a shade that pivots and rotates and an LED light that dims down to 15-percent. Designed in Denmark from die cast aluminum, the lamp is $764 at Horne. Above: The Type 75 Floor Lamp designed by Sir Kenneth Grange for Anglepoise is an all-time classic updated from the brand’s 1950s and 1970s versions. This style is available in four colors/finishes for $325 to $340 at Design Within Reach. Above: The Wastberg w132 Nendo Floor Lamp is modeled after a desk lamp, designed as a floor model. Made in Sweden from powder coated steel, the lamp is $875 in three colors at Horne. Above: The Anglepoise Original 1227 Floor Lamp is the original version of Sir Kenneth Grange design above. It’s made of aluminum and steel in the UK and comes in three colors; $375 at Horne. Above: Designed by German silversmith Christian Dell for Fritz Hansen in 1931, the Kaiser-idell Luxus Floor Lamp comes is made of steel with a powder coated shade and base; $1,154 at Design Within Reach. Above: Arne Jacobsen designed the AJ Floor Lamp as part of his 1960 collection for Louis Poulsen. It delivers glare-free, directed light and has become an icon since its first release. Made with a steel shade and zinc base, the lamp comes in 10 colors; $1,122 at Horne. Above: The Lampe Gras Model 215L Floor Lamp designed by French engineer Bernard-Albin Gras in 1921 and produced by DCW Editions comes in black and chrome. It’s $960 at Design Within Reach. Above: The Flos Tab Floor Lamp is designed by British team Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby for Flos in 2007 and comes with black and white; $495 at Design Within Reach. Above: The Grasshopper Floor Lamp by Swedish architect Greta Grossman for Gubi comes in nine colors; $1,030 at Design Within Reach. Above: The Marset Funiculi Floor Lamp, shown in grey, is a design classic from 1979 with a funicular up-and-down movement designed by Lluís Porqueras; $245 at Finnish Design Shop. Above: The Tolomeo Floor Lamp is timeless. Designed by Michele De Lucchi and Giancarlo Fassino for Artemide in 1987, the lamp is made in Hungary from extruded die-cast aluminum with a high-polish finish; $655 at Design Within Reach.
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