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INSPIRATION | August 30, 2022 | By Saxon Henry
Home Office Task Lighting
If the phrase task lighting brings to mind visuals of boring workhorses for you, we are determined to change your perspective! Our designers continuously explore how to make all of our offerings as graceful as possible by paying a great deal of attention to detail, which is obvious from the image of the lamps above that includes our Jacobi at far right and the Chastain at far left, a bestseller (details below).
Our Ruxley Bronze Floor Lamp is one of our bestselling fixtures in our task lighting category.
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New and Bestselling Task Lighting
The quote by Björklund is the perfect jumping-off point for a post highlighting our most popular and newest offerings in task lighting, each fixture perfect for the home office or the sophisticated retail office space. New for summer are a number of styles and finishes in our Satire family of task lighting. The minimalist profiles have a maximalist work ethic given their thin stems turn from side to side, can be adjusted up and down, and have integrated LED, making them stalwart choices for readers and writers. The geometrically sophisticated knobs that allow the stems to move are a design detail of note. This family includes a Nickel Floor Lamp, a Brass Floor Lamp, a Nickel Table Lamp, a Brass Table Lamp, a Nickel Swing-Arm Wall Sconce, and a Brass Swing-Arm Wall Sconce.
Our Symmetry Brass Desk Lamp illustrates how highly considered the design details on this family of task lighting fixtures are.
Also new this summer is our Symmetry family of desk lamps. Tom Caldwell designed this collection of task lighting with the home office environment in mind. Made of steel in a variety of finishes, the articulated stems of the thin bodies on these desk lamps have an architectonic feel that makes them perfect for aesthetics from classic to contemporary. The clever lamps have swivel shades for directing light where it is needed most, and rocker switches inset into the tops of the bases for ease of turning them on and off. The family includes a brass lamp with two shades, a nickel lamp with two shades, a brass lamp with a single shade, shown above, and a nickel lamp with a single shade.
In the Cloister family of floor lamps, we have fixtures in bronze, nickel, and brass finishes. The angular arc of their stems, the way the shades dangle, and the minimal shape of their bases makes them exemplars of contemporary design. The clean way the stems are fastened to the bases and the pared-down lines of the white linen shades enhance their modernity. The acrylic diffusers are fastened by petite button finials.
Design details of our Jacobi Table Lamp, shown in the main image and above, include the thin stem rising from a black marble base that is similar in width to the finial, the sleek off-white shantung shade, and how the shade is clasped by geometric accents. This gold lamp is made of metal in a brushed brass finish.
You’ll need to look closely at the Malvasia Brass Desk Lamp to appreciate its unexpected details that include a classic fluted shade with knob-like fittings, dentil work, and a playful hand clasping the tube that affixes the shade to the stem-like body. Included in our Bunny Williams Collection, this gold lamp exudes warmth thanks to the vintage brass finish.
A contemporary goose-neck profile makes the Thayer Desk Lamp a versatile brass desk lamp in terms of style. The vintage brass finish combined with the black granite base with its beveled edges are sophisticated design notes. The minimalist profile will make it a great choice for home offices where lighting is critical while bulkiness is a no-no.
The home office has been given new life during the 21st century so task lights with high style are in high demand. Ian Thornton had this in mind when he designed the Frey Desk Lamp made of steel in an oil-rubbed bronze finish. The way the off-white shade is fitted to the curving arm is a sophisticated touch, as it lends the profile a subtle Asian flair. The base has a rocker switch for ease of turning the lamp on and off.
A perfect little desk lamp, our Hoxton Gold Table Lamp has a USB port in its base. Made of metal in a light antique brass finish, the gold lamp is an intermingling of geometric shapes that exhibit style. The rectangular shade completes the brass composition.
Our Chastain Table Lamp, shown in the lead image and above, fuses round shapes with flat planes and gleaming surfaces with matte darkness. Made of cast aluminum in a mix of antique brass and black finishes, the lamp has halved orbs set along the stem that grow as they flow downward. Topping the brass and black lamp is an off-white shantung shade.
Last but by no means least, our Oldknow Bookcase Lamp has a slice of polished concrete that serves as the lamp’s anchor. The wrought iron base and stem in an aged steel finish tease out the dark stippling in the concrete. The concrete lamp is normally topped with an off-white linen shade, but artful shades transform its personality, as is seen in this image.
Kaleidoscope Project Showhouse
Speaking of tasks that rival all others, the organizers of the Kaleidoscope Project Showhouses have debuted their latest and greatest! The Firehouse Showhouse will be open for tours from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. through September 5th. You can find out any pertinent information on the organization’s website and purchase tickets here. If you’re in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, we highly recommend seeing the spaces the designers who participated created.