Whether you're outfitting your home office or trying to bring a little personal style to your desk at work, a proper lamp is an essential not to be overlooked. Sculptural and practical, it provides ample light for your work while adding architect to your workspace. Whether you require a bright task light or are simply in need of a little ambience, choices abound.
But one thing is clear: If you're ready to buy a real lamp—not unlike buying a real watch—you want to strike the right balance between price, build quality and a design that won't look out of date in a few years. From classics like the Anglepoise Original 1227 (designed in 1935 and seen on the desks of MI6 workers throughout various Bond films) to more modern interpretations in wood and brass, here are some smart styles, in a range of prices.
We're not saying a clean desk will guarantee a promotion, but the guy who keeps his desk neat always looks like he's on top of things.