The Best Floor Lamps for Modern Living Spaces

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The best floor lamps bring light where you need it but also enhance your home’s décor and look gorgeous for years. More than just an accent light or a lamp that can create a cozy reading spot on the sofa, a well-designed floor lamp can instantly elevate the way a room looks and feels. To prove this point, we have gathered some of the most stylish and imaginative modern floor lamps we could find. From iconic lamps that have made history to fresh twists on classic concepts or artistic explorations of materiality, these designs re-imagine the humble floor lamp as the centerpiece of a living room.

As always, our selection is not focused on finding low priced items. We believe in good, high-quality craftsmanship and we promote buying products that work well and last for many years – often a lifetime. We also include timeless designs created by renowned or up-and-coming designers because we believe that only through good design we can achieve true sustainability. #lessbutbetter

Before we begin, let’s go through some of the most pressing questions people have about floor lamps.

What type of floor lamp gives the most light?

If you want a floor lamp that is extra-bright, size often matters. Simply put, a larger lamp with an open shade will often provide more brightness than a smaller design with a shade that focuses the light to one spot only. Look for floor lamps with bright LED lights and large diffusers or with shades that allow the light to brighten a space from more than one direction. Keep in mind that opaque glass can soften the light and reduce its brightness. Dimmable designs also allow you to adjust the brightness of the light with ease.

Where to place floor lamps?

The best position of a floor lamp depends on its function. If you want to use a floor lamp for a reading space, place it near a sofa or close to your favorite lounge chair with the bottom of the shade kept close to the eye level. If you want to create a cozy atmosphere in a room, position the lamp in one corner of the room and adjust the shade to soften the light or distribute it more evenly. The best floor lamps have practical designs that allow you to move them around easily when needed.

How many lamps in living room settings?

The number of required lamps depends on the size of the room they illuminate. Keep in mind that a living room also has an overhead lighting source and/or table or wall lighting. A compact room may need only one floor lamp on top of a ceiling light source, while a large, open-plan area may require around four sources of light or more.

How to pack floor lamps for moving?

Packing floor lamps for a move may seem an easy task but it requires some planning. Before starting, make sure you have the appropriate boxes and packaging paper or bubble wrap. Coil the cable or cord and secure it with a rubber band. Unscrew the light bulbs and wrap them in bubble wrap before placing them in an adequately-sized box to minimize movement or in a larger box with dividers. Wrap the shade in packing paper and place it in its own box with air-filled plastic padding or soft fabrics to fill in the gaps – this is especially important if the shade is made from a delicate material. Wrap the base and frame in packaging paper and/or air-filled plastic padding, depending on the material and finish. Finally, remember to label the separate boxes and wrapped items, so you can easily put them together again at your destination.

 

Molly

An elegant, Italian design.

Designed by Corrado Dotti for TOOY, Molly is as elegant as it is practical. This contemporary floor lamp features a circular base and a tubular frame that supports a painted dome shade. Made of plexiglass, the bight screen allows the light to spread out evenly. Available with a brushed brass, pewter, or copper finish, the Molly floor lamp offers a perfect solution to brighten up a room and infuse it with a touch of Italian style. Plus, this series also includes wall and table lamps along with ceiling pendant lights – if you want to coordinate your home’s lighting.

Buy $1125

 

Floor Reading Lamp

A simple and versatile floor lamp.

Part of Vipp collection, this Floor Reading Lamp is a minimalist design that fits into modern living spaces perfectly. An adjustable arm allows the user to focus the light for reading, while the perforated steel shade and matte glass help to create a soft, diffused light. This modern floor lamp has a slender silhouette and versatile black finish. Internally routed, the braided power cord keeps the clean aesthetics of the lamp intact. Crafted from powder-coated aluminum and steel, stainless steel, glass, and silicone, this floor lamp is as durable as it is stylish. Plus, with a suitable light bulb and switch, this product is also dimmable.

Buy $600

AJ Floor Lamp

An iconic design.

One of the most iconic modern floor lamps you can buy, the AJ series was created by renowned architect and designer Arne Jacobsen in 1960 for the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen. Made by Louis Poulsen, the AJ Floor Lamp version features a larger size compared to the original table light but has the same instantly recognizable shade. The adjustable design provides an easy way to direct the light to a reading spot on a sofa or to the rest of the living room. Made from die cast zinc, steel, and spun steel, the AJ Floor Lamp comes in a wide range of colors.

Buy $1227

Captain Flint

A refined floor lamp made with marble.

Stylish design and high-end materials make Captain Flint one of the best floor lamps for those who love refined lighting. Designed by Michael Anastassiades, this lamp feature a brushed brass stem and spinning cone with a golden color as well as a white Carrara marble base. The opal photoengraved PC diffuser softens the light, while the adjustable design allows the user to direct the light as needed. Finally, a foot dimmer switch offers an easy way to turn this modern lamp on and off or to adjust the light intensity from 10% to 100%. While we love this golden brass/white marble version, Captain Flint also comes in painted anthracite steel and black Marquina marble.

Buy $1995

Floor Lamp A808

An elegant design created by a renowned designer.

If you’re looking for modern floor lamps that are also collectible designs, you can’t go wrong with the Floor Lamp A808. Designed by renowned designer Alvar Aalto in 1950, this stylish floor lamp will brighten any room in style. The metal base and stand feature a black or white leather cover, while the shade comes in polished brass or white painted steel. This modern floor lamp comes in three versions: white, black, or polished brass. Regardless of color palette, it’s a timeless design that looks great anywhere, from living rooms to home offices and bedrooms.

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Random Light

A lamp designed with a fiberglass sphere.

A more artistic design, Random Light features a fiberglass shade with a filigree-like pattern. Designer Bertjan Pot created the lamp for Mooi in two versions: black and white. The lamp comes with either a matte chromed white steel base or a semi-gloss powder-coated black base. Seemingly spun around the opal glass diffuser, fiberglass coated in resin creates a perfect sphere with a translucent surface. When the lamp is switched on, light illuminates the sphere from within, highlighting the textures of the 3D fabric. Random Light comes in two sizes and suits both compact or larger rooms.

Buy $1486

 

Type 1227 Giant Floor Lamp

An oversized version of the world-renowned lamp.

Design is a big part of your life and now you can show it with the Type 1227 Giant Floor Lamp from Anglepoise. Originally designed and patented in 1932 by automotive engineer George Carwardine, the Anglepoise lamp system changed desk and floor lighting forever. This version also has a fun story behind it, as it was commissioned for the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Center. While only three lamps were made, the company decided to put the oversized lamp into production. This lamp has the signature Anglepoise adjustable arm mechanism, offering complete control over the height and position of the light. It also features a stepless dimmer to allow the user to easily find the perfect light intensity.

Buy $4100

Arum Floor Lamp

An asymmetrical lamp with a travertine base.

Creative and distinctive, the Arum Floor Lamp has a sculptural presence thanks to a tubular base and an asymmetrical, petal-shaped shade. Part of the Ferm Living collection, this modern floor lamp complements its good looks with quality materials. The cylindrical base is made of travertine, while the stem and shade are made of aluminum and iron. Curved in a petal shape, the shade boasts a white interior that helps to distribute a softer ambient light more evenly. This floor lamp comes in Cashmere and Black versions.

Buy $850

Lean Floor Lamp

An industrial-style lamp inspired by 1950s Scandinavian designs.

The best floor lamps are creatively designed but also versatile. Like the Lean Floor Lamp from Swedish lighting brand Örsjö. Drawing inspiration from 1950s Scandinavian design, designer Jenny Bäck created this lamp with a slender metal base with intersecting lines and an inclined arm that “leans” back onto the frame. The lamp also features an adjustable shade that allows the user to direct the light to a reading area or to the room. Customers can choose between matte black or a white version with a textured lacquered finish. The design suits both private, residential spaces and public areas.

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Spar Floor Light

A lamp inspired by sailing boats.

Thanks to talented designers, finding modern floor lamps that have their own character and style is easier than even before. Take the Spar floor lamp, for example. Designed by Jamie McLellan for Resident, this lamp draws inspiration from the masts of old sailing boats. It features a red electrical cable that creates a dynamic play of clean lines with the metal frame. This elegant lamp is also convenient; the user can adjust the shade in four different positions to direct the light. Made of steel, the Spar floor lamp has a black finish and features a red cable that adds a pop of color to the design. Ideal for living rooms or offices.

Buy $1450

Naska Large

A design from 1933.

Originally introduced in 1933, Naska is a classic design that influenced a wide range of desk lamps over the following decades. This version is perfect to illuminate an area of a room, as it has a larger size and a base with practical casters for more mobility. Created by the FontanaArte Design Lab, Naska Large features an adjustable, spring-balanced arm and a non-dimmable light. The shade boasts a rotating on-off switch, while the chromed metal frame has an adjustable design. Naska comes in black or white versions, both of them designed with a mobile base that makes moving this large floor lamp as easy as possible. Made in Italy.

Buy $900

Parola

An elegant lamp that blends artisanal and modern techniques.

Another stylish floor lamp from the FontanaArte collection, Parola dates back to 1980. Gae Aulenti and Piero Castiglioni designed the lamp with a minimalist silhouette: a slender frame and a rounded shade that opens to release the light. Made using a blend of traditional and modern techniques, Parola features three kinds of glass crafting techniques. Apart from blown glass, this lamp also boast natural glass and natural crystal elements. A chromed metal base supports the borosilicate glass frame, while a glossy, amber-colored shade made of blown glass gives the light a warm glow. This refined floor lamp comes with a sliding switch to dim the light and a braided fabric cable.

Buy $1200

Gregg Mix&Match

A pebble-shaped, modern floor lamp.

Part of the Foscarini collection, the Gregg Mix&Match series was designed by Milan-based design studio Ludovica + Roberto Palomba. This larger floor lamp features the range’s signature design: an asymmetrical shade that draws inspiration from the shape of a water-polished pebble. Made of hand-blown, acid-etched glass, the shade softens the light to create a cozy atmosphere in a room. This floor lamp comes in two sizes and three colors that allow the user to mix-and-match lamps in a creative composition – a great way to create a focal point in a larger room.

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Tuareg Floor Lamp

A sculptural lamp that looks like an artwork.

Designed by Ferruccio Laviani for Foscarini, Tuareg is one of the best floor lamps for those who love artistic designs. That’s because this lamp features a sculptural, three-dimensional composition of multiple light rods that remind of the branches of a tree. A modern floor lamp that doubles as a modern work of art, Tuareg is also practical. It features adjustable arms that allow the user to direct the light with precision. The adjustable “branches” have separate switches, providing an easy way to save power if needed. Tuareg comes in orange, white, or black versions, all available with an included touch dimmer.

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Lens Oval Floor Lamp

A design that combines wood, metal, and glass.

The Lens Oval Floor Lamp has a simple design that combines three materials: glass, wood, and metal. Designed by MUT Design for LZF, the lamp boasts a simple oval shape and a round base. Crafted from a single opaque lens, the oval lamp features two concentric ellipse panels that each have their own function. While the first ellipse is made of wood veneer and acts as a diffuser, the second panel adds a decorative metallic accent and also acts as a handle. A dimming switch on the cord offers an easy solution to adjust the intensity of the light as needed. This modern floor lamp comes in several colors, with gray, ivory, blue, pink, or natural wood panels and with black, ivory, gold, or copper metal finishes.

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GATCPAC

A special lamp that pays homage to a revolutionary architecture group.

Every lamp from our list is special, but GATCPAC also has an interesting story behind it. Architect and designer Josep Torres Clavé, a founding member of the avant-garde GATCPAC group of Catalan architects, created the lamp in 1931. The design would go on to become a signature for the group, as members would leave it as a gift to clients in newly completed buildings. Santa & Cole used the original sketches and plans to recreate the first version of the famous GATCPAC floor lamp. Made with a polished aluminum base and frame, the lamp features an adjustable shape that allows the user to tilt it at different angles for a direct or indirect light.

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Tripod HM8

A modern floor lamp designed in 1953.

Originally designed in 1953 by pioneers of Danish mid-century modern design Peter Hvidt and Orla Mølgaard-Nielsen, Tripod HM8 has not been produced until now. While it’s almost 70-years-old, this floor lamp looks distinctly contemporary. It features a clean, minimalist design that combines an industrial-style frame made of welded steel tubes with a rounded base and an asymmetrical aluminum shade. The base and shade feature a lacquered finish with a satin matte texture. Lacquered brass accents complete the design. Tripod HM8 comes in three versatile colors: black, maroon, and moss.

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Monkey Lamp Standing

A fun lamp from a whimsical series.

If you like designs that make a strong impression at first sight, look no further than the Monkey lamp series from Seletti. This fun floor lamp is part of a larger collection of animal-shaped lighting created by designer Marcantonio Raimondi Malerba for the avant-garde Italian brand. The Monkey Lamp – Standing is the larger, floor version. Like other products from the series, it features a realistic monkey silhouette that holds a LED bulb. Made from resin, this sculptural lamp features a white finish and suits indoor use only. However, you can also find an outdoor-friendly version from the same series here.

Buy $399

w132

A playful series that puts the focus on flexibility.

The playful w132 lamp series was designed by Nendo for Swedish lighting brand Wästberg. Similarly to other Nendo designs, this lamp is simple, versatile, and playful. The w132 series features shades with top and bottom connections to allow the user to transform them into floor or pendant lights. The lamps also come with different shade shapes: cone, cylinder, and sphere. Made from spun steel, these floor lamps have a satin finish and come in black, white, and blue colors. They can be used on their own to brighten a living room, or in a set of two or three in large, open-plan areas.

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Kartell Toobe Floor Light

A colorful design made in Italy.

Brighten up your home with a colorful floor lamp design. The Kartell Toobe Floor Light is a great choice. Designed by Ferruccio Laviani, this lamp is fun and modern. The series features PMMA extruded tubes completed with a vibrant color with a gradient finish achieved through an innovative technique. Whether turned on or switched off, the Toobe lamps look eye-catching and bright. A handle integrated in the lamp’s body makes it easy to move from one place to another or between different rooms. Customers can choose from bold colors like red, green, and orange, with a more subdued crystal version also available.

Buy $690

Last Floor Lamp

Inspired by spotlights.

Make your favorite reading space the highlight of your home with the Last Floor Lamp. Designed by Mattias Ståhlbom for Swedish brand Zero, this creative lamp draws inspiration from large industrial spotlights. The design combines a tripod base with a cylindrical shade with a mesh cover. Made of aluminum, this modern floor lamp features an adjustable shade for more convenience and a metallized reflector. While Last comes in black or white as standard, Zero also makes it in other colors on request.

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Mist

An organic floor lamp inspired by nature.

Another product from the Zero collection, Mist is elegant and creative at the same time. It was designed by Sofia Lagerkvist and Charlotte von der Lancken, co-founders of design studio Front. Reminiscent of a cloud, Mist has an organic shape and an almost ethereal presence. The slender frame supports the pillow-like shade made of opal acrylic and diffused glass. While the metal base and stem feature a white painted finish, the shade comes in white, yellow, or pink colors. Similarly to the Last floor lamp, Mist also comes in other colors – available on request.

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Press Floor Lamp

An imaginative twist on classic floor lamps.

The best floor lamps look memorable. Press is one of them. Designed by Nendo for Czech brand Lasvit, this is one of the most creative lamps you can buy as it offers a twist on classic floor lamps. Press features an all-glass build with an ingenious design that makes it resemble crushed plastic thanks to a “pinched” area. This sculptural lamp is also beautifully crafted, as Lasvit uses Bohemian crystal glass with a subtle smoky finish to make each lamp. Made in two sizes, this modern floor lamp is a perfect choice to add a creative focal point in a room.

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Cho Light

A lamp designed with a Washi paper shade.

Created by Swedish designer Dimitri Bähler for Established & Sons, Cho Light draws inspiration from Japanese designs. More specifically, from traditional Washi paper lamps. Light and airy as well as playful, this floor lamp features a tall and extra-thin carbon fiber rod that supports a spherical shade made of crumpled Washi paper. As the user touches the shade, the lamp moves from one side to another, bringing an extra dose of playfulness into modern living spaces. Crafted using cutting-edge manufacturing technical, Cho features a powder-coated steel base, a carbon fiber rod, a Washi paper shade, and a pyrex glass diffuser.

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Meltdown Floor Lamp

A modern floor lamp that also celebrates tradition.

Part of the Cappellini collection, Meltdown is a series of floor, table, and ceiling lights and lamps designed with clusters of glass globes. The floor version puts designer Johan Lindstén’s concept in the best light. It features a round base with a slender rod that “sprouts” colorful glass globes. Celebrating traditional glass manufacturing, the Meltdown lamp features mouth-blown spheres made of pâte de verre glass. The floor lamp comes with either five or eight diffusers. Colors range from rose and amethyst to amber and tobacco. Cappellini offers this lamp with a monochrome or a multi-colored palette.

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Nodes Floor Lamp

Modern and glamorous.

A more sophisticated design, the Nodes Floor Lamp offers an easy way to infuse a room with more glamour. This Kelly by Kelly Wearstler design features a burnished brass base and body with a golden color and a smooth finish. A milky white shade softens the light and helps to create a cozy and warm atmosphere in a room, whether you want to use this lamp for reading or to brighten a specific area. Ideal for living rooms and home offices, the Nodes Floor Lamp also comes in a black version

Buy $500

Fork Floor Lamp

A lamp inspired by camping tents.

Made by Italian lifestyle brand Diesel Living, the Fork Floor Lamp is simple and stylish. It takes inspiration from camping tents and apparel design, offering a fun take on classic lamps. Fork features a steel base and rod that rotates to offer more control over the light position. Made from cotton and linen, the shade has a tubular shape. Turning the light on highlights the textures of the fabric in a similar way to a lamp in a camping tent. Available with an Anthracite or Ivory frame with a matching Ivory or Gray diffuser.

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Pull Floor Lamp

A Scandinavian-style design.

Created by WhatsWhat for Muuto, the Pull Floor Lamp is a great example of playful Scandinavian design. Like its name suggests, Pull features a cord that allows the user to adjust the position of the shade by pulling the string. The design is also elegantly simple, which means that this floor lamp looks at home in virtually any interior. Pull is crafted to last with a solid wood build with a natural or gray finish. The included dimmer switch makes it easy to create the perfect mood in a room.

Buy $569

Nabila

An eye-catching lamp inspired by the 1950s.

1950s Hollywood glamour and timeless Italian design come together in the Nabila floor lamp. Italian designer Corrado Dotti created this lamp for the TOOY collection. Featuring several shades on a metal base, this floor lamp brings a sculptural accent to a classic or a modern decor. The double-sided spherical shades are crafted from durable borosilicate glass and come with either a transparent or a smoked finish. Brushed brass or black chrome accents complete the design. Ideal for living rooms and lounge areas, Nabila will make a style statement in any living space.

Buy $1156

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