Hunting down.... desk lamps

Let's be clear about this, my dream lamp is the Arne Jacobsen AJ table lamp. Designed in 1960 for the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen, it is lighting perfection personified.

Some day, I will have one of these on my bedside table. See how perfectly streamlined and balanced the design is, and look how they even come in colours that match my blog scheme.

Meanwhile I've been hunting down other task lighting options, some (though not all) of which are slightly more affordable. Here's a round up of some of my favourites.

Above left is a cast concrete desk light with walnut/oak arm and aluminium details by Benjamin Hubert for decode. It shares the same red cable detail as the Wastberg w084t by Studio Ilse (above right), which the studio blurb lovingly describes as 'a sturdy, unpretentious friend and always there for us'.

This Ruchi desk lamp with an opal shade (above left) is from John Lewis at just £40 and the Bestlite BL2 icon (on the right) is from Occa-Home (£349)...

... and there are lots of great options on offer at Heals including this simple, industrial style Brompton lamp (above right at £125). The one on the left is the Anglepoise Type 75S, a subtle redesign by Kenneth Grange of the original Anglepoise Lamp designed by George Cawardine (£99). I have one of these on my bedside table at the moment. It cost me a fiver at a local junk shop. There are plenty of them about if you get out there and hunt for them.