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12 Of The Most Fabulous Floor Lamps

Interiors

Lighting is THE key ingredient in creating a warm and inviting at-home atmosphere. And, as both a sculptural focal point, and layered light source, a floor lamp has the power to completely transform the ambience of a room. No, REALLY!

From translucent to textural, our resident interiors expert Lauren Li shares 12 of her favourite feature lamps out there right now.

27th August, 2020

Cult – Gubi, 9602 floor lamp.

Lauren Li
Thursday 27th August 2020

Thoughtful lighting can really impact the mood and how we feel at home, and take note; the right lighting can also make everyone look amazing in a room. Or not, if executed poorly!

Have you ever noticed that when you’re in the supermarket every single thing is brightly lit? It’s an intense flat light, which is great for grocery shopping, but we don’t want our homes to feel like this. There’s absolutely no need to fill the entire house with light, rather we want to create soft pools of light here and there.

Floor lamps add instant atmosphere to a space, because they create a textured lighting effect, and this is really important as it creates variation for the eye. This combination of highlights and lowlights helps contribute to a feeling of cosiness.

Apart from the light they emit, a floor lamp also adds a sculptural, vertical focal point to a room. Sometimes they are just the thing that balances out lots of horizontal lines; the dining table, coffee table, sofas, etc.  A feature floor lamp can also be great alternative to artwork and ‘fill the space’ in the corner of a room. So, it’s important to consider a lamp that looks great when turned on and off.

When the right floor lamp meets the perfect armchair, it’s a match made in interior design heaven. Even in an open-plan space, an armchair and floor lamp carve out an inviting reading nook. So if you’re planning a renovation or new build, it’s a good idea to consider installing a floor box power outlet flush into the floor, so that in an open plan space you’re able to plug in a floor lamp, and an ipad for that matter.

Bon Bon Lamp by Ana Kras. Available from HAY.

9602 Floor Lamp by Gubi. Available from Cult.

1. Bon Bon Lamp by Ana Kras

These charming BonBon Floor lamps by Hay are each one-of-a-kind pieces. They are uniquely hand-woven to create textured and characterful lamps. 

RRP from $1368, available from HAY

2. 9602 Floor Lamp by Gubi

With its wide-brimmed wicker shade, the 9602 floor lamp by Gubi gives off a warm diffused glow.

RRP from $1649, available from Cult

JWDA Floor Lamp by Menu. Available from The Apartment by Sisalla.

Arancini Floor Lamp by Moda Piera. Available from Fanuli Furniture. Photo – Ying Ang.

3. JWDA Floor Lamp by Menu

The pared-back elegance of a brass rod, travertine base and glowing opal glass shade makes the JWDA Floor Lamp by Menu from The Apartment quite the classic. It comes with a brass dimmer switch that lets you control the brightness of the bulb and create instant ambiance.

RRP $3850, available from The Apartment by Sisalla.  

4. Arancini lamp by Moda Piera

The sculptural geometric design of the Arancini lamp by Melbourne brand Moda Piera combines classic materials of brass, travertine and glass. A stunning art object as well as a functional light piece! 

RRP from $1995, available from Fanuli

Big Shadow Lamp by Cappellini. Available from Cult.

Akari 10A Lamp by Noguchi. Available from In Good Company. Photo – Theo-bert Pot of The Nice Stuff Collector.

Mayu Floor Lamp by Coco Flip. Available from Cult.

5. Big Shadow Lamp by Cappellini, available from Cult

Although this might be quite a simple and timeless lamp shape, the Big Shadow Lamp by Cappellini is more innovative than it first appears. The contemporary, oversized design with the fabric covering not just the upper part of the lamp, but also the base, creates a seamless light source.

RRP from $1900, available from Cult.  

6. Akari 10a Lamp by Noguchi

Isamu Noguchi chose the name ‘Akari’ for these objects, a word that means ‘light’ in Japanese, connoting both illumination and physical lightness. ‘The light of Akari is like the light of the sun filtered through the paper of shoji. The harshness of electricity is thus transformed through the magic of paper back to the light of our origin – the sun – so that its warmth may continue to fill our rooms at night.’ (Isamu Noguchi)

RRP $1259, available from In Good Company

7. Mayu Floor Lamp by Coco Flip

The locally designed and made Mayu by Coco Flip adds a sculptural element to a space by day, and a gorgeous warm glow in the evenings. 

RRP from $1870, available from Cult

Twiggy Light by Foscarini. Available from Space.

 

Roattino by Eileen Gray. Available from Anibou.

‘Cinétique’ Floor lamp by Ligne Roset. Available from DOMO.Photo – Dylan James. Furniture and Styling – Karin Bochnik. Art – Claire Kirkup. Rug – Cadrys. Neon Art – Tom Adair.

8. Twiggy Floor Lamp by Foscarini

The appeal of the Twiggy by Foscarini from Space is undeniable. It may have a small foot print however it adds volume with its elegant sweeping arm that reaches over and acts almost like a pendant light in the centre of a living room.

RRP from $1870, available from Cult.  

9. Roattino Lamp by Eileen Gray

It’s quite incredible that this lamp was designed by Eileen Gray in 1931, as it continues to look so fresh and modern. Its S-shaped tubing of the stem gives this lamp an element of the unexpected, whilst the elegant form elevates any space. 

RRP $4105, available from Anibou

10. Cinétique Floor Lamp by Ligne Roset

A sculptural, minimalist piece, the Cinetique Light by Ligne Roset is sublime in person. Its articulated counterbalance system makes possible for various positions and orientations of the light source.

RRP from $2750, available from DOMO

Turn Floor Lamp by Douglas + Bec.

Triangle lamp by HK Living. Available from House of Orange.

11. Turn Floor Lamp by Douglas + Bec

The Turn Floor Lamp by Douglas + Bec has a refined, sophisticated shape. The simple geometric forms of the cone ‘hat’ shade and wooden base give it a timeless appeal.

RRP $1330, available from Douglas + Bec.  

12. Triangle Lamp by HK Living

The Triangle Lamp by HK Living is a sleek, versatile and affordable lamp that feels both classic and contemporary. And we love the blush pink!

RRP $499, available from House of Orange

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