Six fresh table lamps to make your place modern now … and to auction off as design classics later. (See you on eBay in 2027.)
1. Bourgie Table Lamp
Now this is what we call seeing the light. Designer Ferruccio Laviani employs crystal-clear polycarbonate to hint at the inner workings of the curvy little Bourgie, a thoroughly modern update on a baroque shape. Its height is adjustable, so you can use it as a floor lamp in your lounge or as a table lamp in your boudoir. Decadent. $287 at Design within Reach, (800) 944-2233, www.dwr.com.
2. Celeste Table Lamp
An illuminating architectural presence, indeed. The hand-wrapped shade of silken white cotton strands bridges twin metal uprights that come in dark bronze and satin nickel finishes. Approximately 19 inches tall, $80 at Crate & Barrel, (800) 967-6696, www.crateandbarrel.com.
3. Unity Accent Lamp
Oh, that amazing Eva. The prolific Ms. Zeisel - she's been designing since the late 1920s - shapes Nambé's trademark metal into pure organic magic and tops it with a robust little shade. Approximately 10 inches tall, $125 at Nambé, (800) 443-0339, www.nambe.com.
4. Porcini Paper Lamp
Finding inspiration in the plump and curvy porcini mushroom, superstar designer Jasper Morrison wraps Japanese washi paper tightly around a lightweight metal frame. The result? A delicious glow. Available in three sizes: 12, 18, and 26 inches tall; $210 to $430 at Ameico; (888) 350-8765; www.ameico.com.
5. Sophie and Isabella
It’s a material whirl: Sand-casted aluminum in a fetchingly organic shape by Venezuelan industrial designer Pablo Pardo (who has created everything from Fisher-Price roller skates to car concepts for DaimlerChrysler) gets topped by a white polycarbonate diffuser, and, voilà, you see the light. Sophie is 12 inches tall, and Isabella is 18 inches; $80 and $124 at UncommonGoods; (888) 365-0056; www.uncommongoods.com.
6. Oval Aluminum Table Lamp
Move over, Henry Moore. This handwrought aluminum beauty — even its oval shade is woven by hand — has all the artful presence of a sculpture that you’d see in a major museum, much less in a living room. Approximately 25 inches tall, $125 at Pier 1 Imports, (800) 245-4595, www.pier1.com.