From Kelly Wearstler to AERIN and Eichholtz to Marioni, the design world is full of striking metal table lamps but not all are made alike. Some are best for a more modern approach, others for simple elegance. Discover the tops picks for your style from this season’s newest additions.
Best for… Minimalism
A simple brass column combined with marble dome (à la Kelly Wearstler’s Melange lamp), a frame-like base or an elegant taper are all some metal table lamps need to master that oftentimes elusive beauty of simplicity. As Da Vinci once said, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”
Best for… Impact
If there’s one thing that metal table lamps do better than most others, it’s making a statement. The strength of the metal allows for unique bases (just take Marioni’s Orion table lamp as proof) which double up as sculptural pieces for your home. We love using impactful table lamps with clean-lined furniture for an appealing contrast.
Best for… Sophistication
The clean, refined finish of metal particularly suits those looking for a sophisticated aesthetic. Transitional designs – a favourite of the modern sophisticate – range from subtly sculptural forms (the gestural twist of the Enzo table lamp is perfection) to metal columns sheathed in an ethereal glass or lucite case. Tall lamp shades also evoke a quiet sense of sophistication.
Best for… Modern
Modern metal table lamps are characterised by geometric planes and modular configurations (similar to minimalist designs) and highly polished finishes. In tailored environments, the look is pure business so these work well in offices or high-powered interiors and they add a smartness to more laid-back modern environments for an instant well-dressed look.
Best for… Industrial
One of the most natural uses for metal table lamps is in an industrial decor scheme. Whether it’s a blackened metal base, a brushed brass lamp shade or a full-on metallic lamp form. We love AERIN’s Clemente lamp for its new take on 19th century pharmacy light. (Also available in a floor lamp version.) The Metal Banded Table Lamp by Visual Comfort & Co. is a designer favourite, adding a cool edge to transitional spaces. Soften with organic finishes and plush upholstery.