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Desk lamps for the design conscious

Before I got my current desk lamps (scroll down to find out more) I spent a good few days researching online what are the "it" desk lamps right now as I wanted something that would be fancy from a design perspective without however breaking the bank. It turned out that with a bit of shopping around you can find the same product for less, so here's a quick guide on the most fashionable desk lamps and how to get them for less!



A modern design from TAF Architects, this lamp is actually a bit bulky but was really drawn to the material. My inspiration when creating my home office was actually the photo below, so I figured it would be too much copy-paste going for the lamp as well. Having said that, the lamp is exceptionally well made and I would recommend it without hesitation.

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Where can you get it and how much does it cost?

There are many choices online and the difference was great so do as I do: shop around. The best way to see comparable cost is use the google "shopping" option. If I didn't try that, I would have gone straight to or Both websites sell the lamp but with different shipping costs. However, with a little shopping around you can actually also find it cheaper! - £125 + £6.95 shipping - £115 + free shipping (in stock

Given that I wanted 2x of these lamps, going to would have saved me a cool £34 and I could possibly have my lamps earlier. Having said that, I have not as yet used so I cannot comment how well they deliver on the service front.

2. FLOS TAB TABLE LAMP by Barber Osgerby


Minimally styled, the slender frame of the Tab provides a strikingly modern silhouette. While its proportions may seem slight, the distinctive design of this table lamp's folded shade evenly distributes light with a movable neck allowing for angled illuminations.

As it is individually made to order, expect to wait up to 6 weeks to receive it.

Where can you get it and how much does it cost?

HEAL's sell it for £225 (free shipping) (they sold it £205 last year!) sell it for £153 +£25.70 for "insurance contribution" = £173.50 but shipping may take up to 20 days. sell it for £224.14 with free shipping. It was £174.25 last year!!!

Pinkappledesigns sell it for £198.40

You get the point, shop around and you can definitely get a better price!



A retro-style desk light, featuring a spun aluminium semi-sphere shade with a solid chromed base. The cotton braided flex is woven through the curved chrome arm for a neat finish. It also comes in a number of colours which is always helpful!

Where can you get it and how much does it cost?

Heal's sell it for £419 (ouch!) and shipping (5-6 weeks!) is free.



I am a little biased, I must admit, as this is a photo from my own office. I bought two of these in 'Alpine'. They arrived within a couple days, well packaged in their individual boxes (very cool actually) and included low energy bulbs (most importantly they included lamps, that's it!).

photo: Seasons in Colour

Their size is perfect for my narrow but long work space and helps when two of us are working in the room.

The colour - white - is flat and looks beautiful against the Railings (Farrow & Ball) dark wall of the room. Robust, well made, this was a clear winner and possibly the best value of money I have come across as you also get a very trendy lamp.

photo: Seasons in Colour

photo: Seasons in Colour

photo: Seasons in Colour

photo: Seasons in Colour

photo: Seasons in Colour

Above: Billy Bookcase and Micke desks (two desks side by side) all by IKEA. Wall art: Prisoner by DOLK via Pictures on Walls, The Chinese girl by Angelique Houtkamp via and African Boy photo by Matilda Temperlay via Lumitrix. Eames DAW chairs. Suspension lights Bi Kage Triple Pendant with lampholder by Sotto Luce via Zebra trophy head by Anthropologie. Lamps Mini Type 75 Anglepoise in Alpine.

photo: Seasons in Colour

Where can you get this lamp and how much does it cost?

This retails for £99 on John Lewis, but I got mine for £95 with free delivery from In addition, I got an extra 5% off for subscribing to their newsletter.

I hope you feel inspired seeing these pictures and maybe you picked up a few tips in getting a better price for products bought online!

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