Ugh, lighting. It can make or break a room. And more often that not, it can break the bank. Handsome — yet inexpensive — lighting can be difficult to source. But lately, we've been seeing our fair share of desk/table lamps that look seriously $$ but are actually pretty affordable. Everything here is less than $200 and looks like it's either a fancy vintage find, or sourced from an elite Euro designer.
The metallic base on this Urban lamp is serving classic '70s vibes.
If you're looking for something super functional, this might not be a fit, but at less than $100, this perforated Article lamp may be the design-forward accent a living room or office is missing.
You'll have to pay extra to ship this over from Europe but c'mon — this is friggin' gorgeous. We want it.
Leave it to Dims to create a light that's both design-forward and sustainable. The Word light is made from corn PLA and is inspired by Roman columns.
Another sustainable option, also made from corn PLA! (Not feeling the green? There are also red, gray, cream, and white base options.)
Another great lamp that could easily pass for some 1970s Italian designer.
HAY's Matin lamp takes inspiration from traditional aesthetics, yet injects some modern fun with a colorful shade — and there are so many colors. Purple! Red! Yellow!
I'm sorry, did you steal this from a museum or something?
Can't go wrong with a sleek, chrome-ish desk lamp.
We're a bit obsessed with this lamp by Virgina Sin — the exposed bulb casts the warmest glow and the ceramic base gives it an earthy feel as well.
Industrial with a touch of glam.
Brought to you by Swedish design firm andTradition, this cordless (!) lamp is inspired by Japanese lanterns. (There are also two other colorways available.)
Looking to infuse your space with a bit of Memphis Group style? West Elm's Bella lamp has got the color and shape down.
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