Designers Beth Webb and Frank de Biasi have spoken to Elle Decor, and each of them shed light on these stylish and sculptural pieces that brighten up a room — even when they’re not turned on. So, if you want to know the 10 best modern floor lamps for stylish home design, now is the time to keep scrolling…
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Beth Webb: The Atlanta-based decorator is known for the clean, elegant and livable interiors she has designed in the southeastern United States over the past 25 years. Her first book will be published by Rizzoli next fall.
Frank De Biasi: De Biasi designs exquisitely composed, layered spaces that reflect his appreciation for antiques and craftsmanship. He is based in New York City.
THE FLOOR LAMPS
Montreuil Floor Lamp by Aerin
BW: “I love the lighting that Aerin Lauder has been doing. Her designs are elegant and work beautifully in transitional spaces. With its four stems of different heights, this is a fresh twist on the traditional. I’d use it as a stand alone in a foyer.”
FDB: “It’s got an almost architectural presence, but its little details, like the round base that’s a bit off the floor, keep it feeling light. I agree that this would make a statement in the foyer.”
Tandem Counterweight by Robert Sonnenman for RH Modern
FDB: “This is cool and I like its adjustability. It’s kinetic. But at 70 inches tall, it’s not the easiest to place. You really need to have the place for it, like a loft.”
BW: “You can aim the light in any direction, to wash the walls. Put this lamp between two large, contemporary armchairs, with the arms splayed apart, and it becomes quite a commanding piece.
Pylon by Diesel Living For Foscarini
BW: “This piece is impressive. The oversize pleated shade and architectural base set the tone for a modern, masculine interior. I see it in a loft next to a low, box-tufted sofa.
FDB: “The base reminds me of those old surveyor’s stands – very urban with the black steel, although the pleated shade makes it a bit more feminine. I’d use it to warm up a downtown industrial loft.”
Globe Floor Lamp by West Elm
FDB: “A good one – I actually used this in my last apartment. I placed a large round paper shade over the globe to create a sort of 1970’s Noguchi feeling. It’s a wonderful way to add a warm, ambient glow to a room at a very affordable price.
BW:” It’s a fresh and kind of whimsical, and I love that idea of floating a paper shade, which would disguise the fact that the globe is acrylic, not glass.”
Montfaucon Torchiere by Jonathan Browning Studios
BW: “It’s expensive and it looks expensive, from the hand-carved rosewood to the porcelain shade and the cloth cord that runs along the length. I’d love to see a pair of these flanking a low-slung bed in place of the usual table lamps. It’s art.”
FDB: “The unglazed porcelain shade gives off a beautiful glow, and I love the drape of the twisted exposed cord. I just wish the light was adjustable.”
Cala P165 Floor Lamp by Marset
BW: “The details are spot-on, from the cloth-covered cord to the diffuser on the bottom of the shade, which means that you don’t have to see the bulb or the shade’s spokes when you’re sitting beneath it. It’s comfortable, casual chic.”
FDB: “It has the feel of a Californian beach house. The design is well thought out and solid, and I like the subtle texture of the lamp shade.”
Thin Floor Lamp by Peter Bristol for Juniper
BW: “This is one of my favorite recent finds! It’s just so sleek, elegant and practical. The LED strip makes for perfect task lighting – it illuminates what you need and nothing else. It also comes in a desk version and three other finishes.”
FDB: “It’s going to be a classic. You can use it in space, even a traditional one, because it’s so slender that it just sort of disappears.”
Almeria Floor Lamp by Mr.Brown
BW: “This is inspired by Giacometti’s designs for Jean-Michel Frank. I love the look and texture of the matte gesso finish. You could use it in a city pied-à-terre as easily as in a Montecito villa, dressing it up or down with your own shade.”
FDB: “Yes, this is one where I’d switch the shade, or stencil or lacquer it with a quirky design. And all the interest is at a lamp’s base, so you’d want a pretty floor or rug there.”
Stacked Lucite Floor Lamp by Horchow
BW: “The stacked acrylic looks well constructed. You found flank a sofa with a pair of these for a little whoop-de-do. It’s a lot of look for the price.”
FDB: “It has a sort of Art Deco vibe – very 1930s, like Jean Harlow’s boudoir and lends a bit of sparkle. A pair of these could be quite glamorous, and acrylic is always easy to use since it takes on the color of whatever else is in the room.”
Dino Floor Lamp by Flair New York
BW: “Flair does really great retro designs, and this masculine, Mad-Men-like lamp is a perfect example, with its matte-black enamel shade and sculptural form. It’s adjustable, too.”
FDB: ” This is a take on a classic Serge Mouille design that would be at home in an urban bachelor pad. In fact, it’s sturdier that a Mouille, so it’s also ideal for someone with kids.”
SOURCE: Elle Decor
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