Gubi Grasshoppa brass desk lamp or table lamp with blue shade

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 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 definitely not pretty to look at).

Brass desk lamp on blush pink table with flowers and book
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

Marble and brass desk lamp against blue distressed plaster wall1. Brass and marble desk lamp

2. Bloomingville Black Stand Lamp – BrassBloomingville black and brass Stand Desk Lamp

3. Brass and Black Desk LampBrass and black desk lamp by Cox and Cox against pale grey wall

4. Tom Dixon Beat Table/Desk LampContemporary Beat brass table lamp by Tom Dixon

5. Brass Desk Lamp, Cox and CoxContemporary brass desk lamp on blush pink table with book and flowers

6. Cloche Table lamp – Polished Brass by wrong.londonWrong London polished brass Cloche desk lamp or table lamp

7. Gubi Bestlite B2 Table LampContemporary Gubi Bestlite B2 brass desk or table lamp on wooden set of drawers

8. Brass and Matte Black Table Lamp – French Connection HomeFrench Connection Brass and Matte Black Table Lamp

9. Webster Table LampWebster contemporary brass table lamps

10. Gubi Gräshoppa Task Table LampGubi Grasshoppa brass desk 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.

&Tradition Bellevue Brass Desk Lamp

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