Pleated Lampshades Are Trending and We're Here for It

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For years, the pleated lampshade mostly disappeared from trend-forward homes, deemed too traditional, too '80s, too stuffy. But, not to state the obvious: What goes around comes around! Earlier this year we saw a rather loud resurgence of the '80s through a renewed interest in the Memphis Group. In more recent months, subdued versions of traditionalism have been popping up. So the revival of the pleated lampshade makes total sense — it's an amalgam of of these two new interests, but tempered by modern finishings and colors. Some of our favorite new lamps we spied come from Australian furnishings company En Gold (pictured above), who just put out a line of pleated lighting. (Sadly, they're only configured for Australian electric systems.) Still, we've seen the style at a number of U.S. retailers. Take a look:

Fresh to CB2's new arrivals, this neutral number comes via a collab with designer Kara Mann. The dusty pink shade and glass base cause this piece to practically glow when lit up.

HAY's Matin lamp (available in small and large varieties) is a favorite among a certain design-forward crowd — we've seen them pop up in home tours and on Insta frequently in the past few months.

A neat way to work a pleated light fixture is to get it off a table and onto a wall — Urban Outfitters' Andrea sconce is the only style we've seen working a pleat flush to the wall.

If you truly want a straightforward, traditional, almost library-like look, try this petite lamp from IKEA.

Another from Kara Mann's CB2 collection, this funky light offers a punch of pattern, which is unusual for a lamp.

We love how West Elm makes a pleated shade completely modern by wrapping it around a taper drum. That, along with the alluring base silhouette, turns this into a true statement piece.

Looking to embrace a vintage feel? This silver base feels reminiscent of '60s/'70s design. We love that the shade is white; anything else might have felt too loud.


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