Today’s line up of beautiful brass desk lamps is by way of some serious interiors displacement activity. I’m actually on the hunt for a task lamp to light up my workbench when I’m bookbinding.
I was dreaming of something beautiful and elegant that glows with metaillic gorgeousness. A desk lamp that lifts my spirits every time I see it it and inspires my creative endeavours. Turns out that what I need is much more workmanlike and utilitarian. Actually, I have to buy a pretty darn ugly daylight lamp. (Meh).
I didn’t give up without a fight, though. And whilst searching for my perfect (non-existent) beautiful, metallic task lamp I put together this rather lovely collection of contemporary brass desk lamps along the way.
They give perfectly adequate light for domestic spaces – they just don’t provide the amount and type of illumination that I need for my studio. (The lamp I’ll probably buy has three 60 cm long daylight tubes, just to give you some idea. Fabulous light to work in, but not very pretty to look at).
Turning back to more aesthetic matters, brass is a beautifully warm-toned material and ideally suited to lighting. It also looks amazing against dark walls and backgrounds. So if you have painted your walls in the currently popular dark shades of grey, blue or green (or are thinking about it) then brass lighting, along with other brass accents, is the perfect partner. Or, as in the image above, team brass with blush pink – it’s a joyful and sophisticated combination.
Top 10 contemporary brass desk lamps
10. Gubi Gräshoppa Task Table Lamp (other colours available)
Brass may seem to be having a bit of a moment right now but, truth be told, it never actually went away. Brass desk lamps are, and always will be, classic pieces that will look great forever in just about any setting. I’ll just have to content myself with looking at their pictures for now.
Update, a week later: I just found another lovely brass desk lamp that I can’t bear to leave out. It’s the &Tradition Bellevue Table Lamp AJ8 in Brass, below. The first light designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1929, it has become a design classic. As well as looking beautiful, the angled shade of the Bellevue brass desk lamp directs the light over your work surface and cuts down on glare.