One of the best things I bought last year was a small opaque glass table lamp for the bedroom. It emits a smooth, calming glow that, particularly when put on a dimmer, is one of the greatest ways to ease into a restful sleep at the end of the day. (Not to mention that diffused light is very flattering for romantic moments.)
This lamp style is typically made with an LED or halogen bulb diffused through an opal glass shade. I opted for the FLOS Glo-Ball, but there are so many others; some which are completely cordless and are great for a dimly-lit outdoor dinner party as well. Here are our favorites.
Above: The Allsop Luna Lamp is an LED with a remote control (it actually changes color, but you can leave it on the natural setting as well) that can be used for indoors or out; $90 at Food52. Above: Designed by Norm Architects for Menu, the Stone Table Lamp is made with cream-colored glass and a porcelain base; $324.95 at Lumens. Above: Designed by Michele De Lucchi for Artemide, the Dioscuri 14 Table Lamp gives off soothing light through white, hand-blown opal glass; $303 at Finnish Design Shop. Above: The Turn On Table Lamp designed by Joel Hoff for HAY comes in four different colored bases for $175 at Design Within Reach. Above: The Marset Bolita Table Lamp has an LED light that can be dimmed by moving the glass dome. Made of slightly magnetized opal blown glass and lacquered steel, the lamp is $165 at Finnish Design Shop. Above: The FLOS Glo-Ball Mini T Table Lamp is a classic opal diffused glow lamp designed by Jasper Morrison. It’s $225 for the mini at Lumens. Above: The Carrie LED Table Lamp in White designed by Norm Architects for Menu is portable, working both indoors and outdoors, and made of powder-coated steel and opal glass; $179.95 to $249.95 at Y Lighting. Above: Michael Anastassiades’s Tip of the Tongue Table Lamp is made with a hand-blown opal glass globe on a nickel or brass base; $995 at Design Within Reach. Above: Designed in 2007 by Ludovica and Roberto Palomba for Foscarini, the Gregg Table Lamp Large has a blown satin glass globe and lacquered metal base; $649 at Finnish Design Shop. Also available is the Medium size for $393. Above: Santa & Cole’s Cestita Bateria Table Lamp designed by Miguel Milá is a portable, cordless version of their iconic lamp of the same style. Made with a built-in LED under opal glass and housed in a cherry wood structure, the lamp is $695 at 2Modern.
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