10 of the best... desk lamps

Bestlite BL1 table lamp

With the nights drawing in and our working lives becoming ever-increasingly flexible, and with many of us also working from home too, we thought it was an ideal time to look at the wide variety of desk lamp options available. These table-top companions are often overlooked, but are actually a vital element in helping to create a dedicated and enjoyable workspace - one where we are happy to get our heads down to produce some great work. A good desk lamp combines three things... a quality diffused lighting effect that isn't tiring on the eyes (not too bright and not too dim), ease of use and adjustability to suit the context, and an aesthetic sensibility that compliments your interior style.

So here are our ten of the best desk lamps for your consideration...


Muuto white leaf table lamp

1. Muuto LEAF Table Lamp

Inspired by the organic asymmetrical form of a leaf, this light by Swedish designers Broberg and Ridderstrålle for Danish brand Muuto is a simple but nonetheless effective light source, offering a stripped-back and more relaxed Scandinavian style approach to desk-work. The energy efficient LED light source is both dimmable and easily adjustable, simply by tilting the head unit and/or swiveling the base - keeping the lamp's form nice and minimal. LEAF is available in black, white, green or grey finishes.

£152 - Houseology

(Get 20% off with code PREVIEW20 when you spend £250 or more at Houseology. Valid until 24 November.)


Chipperfield W102 desk lamp

2. Chipperfield W102 lamp

British architect David Chipperfield designed this minimal lamp in collaboration with Swedish design house Wästberg from a purist's perspective. Made mainly from brass, with details in rubber, the W102 lamp has a simple and classic geometric sensibility about it. Adjustment is achieved through either swivelling the base or simply tilting the head to the required angle, and the LED light unit is dimmable to suit the occasion.

£546 - Wallpaper Store


3. Anglepoise 1227

The Anglepoise desk lamp is a British design classic that remains as relevant and contemporary today, as it did when it was first conceived back in the 1930s by automotive designer George Carwardine. Using a clever combination of carefully calculated tensioned springs, combined with an articulated 'arm' structure, the Anglepoise offers endless adjustability of desired positions which always stay where you want. Anglepoise offer a range of designs based on the original concept and my own personal favourite is the 1227 desk light series - ideal for smaller office set-ups.

£175 - £235 - John Lewis


Wrong London Cloche lamp

4. Cloche lamp by wrong.london

If you are looking for a wider pool of light to illuminate your workspace, then the Cloche lamp from Wrong.London might just be the desk lamp for you. Conceived by Norwegian designer Lars Bella Fjetland, the Cloche (French for bell), delights in its seemingly unbalanced character. In reality its cast iron base provides the appropriate ballast for the cantilevered shade, allowing you to position the light source above the action. Cloche is available in matt black or polished brass or copper finishes.

£185 - Amara


Bestlite black and chrome table lamp

5. Bestlite BL1 table lamp

The Bestlite BL1 is a classic light that has stood the test of time, and rightly so. Designed by Robert Dudley Best in the 1930s it has been a staple functional design addition to endless modern interiors ever since. With its super stable flat base, quality build, easy height and tilt adjustment, this is a desk lamp that deserves its place in design history. It's available in a variety of material and colours - including brass finish and china shade options.

£459 - Houseology

(Get 20% off with code PREVIEW20 when you spend £250 or more at Houseology. Valid until 24 November.)


Habitat Bobby desk lamp in white

6. Bobby desk lamp by Habitat

If you are working to a tight budget, then this little desk lamp from Habitat is a great way to inject some style and character into your life without breaking the bank. It does require some basic assembly (but nothing taxing), and once together is easily adjusted with a clever twist and tilt 'elbow' joint. BOBBY is available in satin black, white, brushed metal or fluorescent orange finishes.

£20 - Habitat


7. No.045 task lamp from the Design Project collection by John Lewis

This stylish lamp has been created by John Lewis's in house design team as part of their 'Design Project' collection. Inspired by a considered balance of the traditional and the contemporary, the No.045 task lamp offers stylish design at an affordable price. Finished in satin black and mounted onto a smooth concrete base, with brass details adding extra character, this directional desk light is easily adjusted using a hidden central pivot.

£75 - John Lewis


Aj table lamp

8. AJ table lamp

The AJ Table lamp by Louis Poulsen is a true design classic that still exudes style and grace today. Designed in 1960 by Scandinavian architect Arne Jacobsen for the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen it will sit well in a wide range of interior styles and rarely look out of place. Its adjustable metal shade shade ensures a soft pool of light wherever you want it, and is available in a wide range of colour options, including petroleum, black, graphite grey, blue/green, yellow/green, sand, red or white.

£543 - Houseology


Tab lamp by Barber & Osgerby

9. Tab lamp by Barber & Osgerby

Conceived in 2007 by British design duo Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, Tab is a simple but highly effective and efficient lamp with an adjustable diffused LED light thanks to a 45 degree wrap-over aluminium shade. We have 2 of these in our house and find they cast a good even light to read by. Tab is available in black or white paint finishes.

£215 - John Lewis


10. Dyson CSYS

We have this lamp on our desk in the office and have been really impressed by both its functionality and quality. Designed by Jake Dyson the CSYS lamp is super adjustable through both its touch sensitive dimmable LED lighting and its easy glide motion (up-and-down and side-to-side). It's available in black, black and silver or white and silver finishes.

£399 - Dyson