Floor lamps or torchieres have come a long way in the past few centuries. Originally, torchieres were candelabra, usually with two or three lights. When it was first introduced in France towards the end of the 17th century the torchiere mounted one candle only, and when the number was doubled or tripled the improvement was regarded almost as a revolution in the lighting of large rooms. Now, floor lamps are used in almost any home for reading, ambiance or style.
Some of my favorite modern picks:
Arturo Alvarez – Shio Floor Lamp
– $3,195 – Shio, composed of panels of FSC-certified laminated plywood used in an original way. With the plywood’s zebra grain in full view and different interior accent colors between the panels of plywood, Shio allows light to escape between the laminated plywood panels. The goal of the use of this new diffusing material is to obtain more ecological and sustainable designs.
Fambuena – Dress Floor Lamp
– $1,526 - Floor lamp designed by Jurgen Laub & Markus Jehs is composed of a satin ribbon that envelops delicate black metal frame.
Pablo – Elise Lamp
– $106-$490 . The Elise floor and table lamps are stunning. You will find them displayed at the W Hotel. They feature a finely machined aluminum cylinder base with tubular diffusor and full range dimmer. Provides ambiant light and functional art. The 32″ model can be used as a side table becuase the tip is covered.
Pablo – Solis FS Freestanding
– $300-$400 – Solis features a soft and light-weight polyester fabric that is held in tension between two polished nickel-chrome steel rings, providing both direct and diffused light to enhance any environment.
Kartell – Toobe Lamp
– $264-$527 – Toobe is available in both floor and table lamp versions. It was conceived from the idea of using a PMMA extruded tube, which creates a surprising smoked effect thanks to an innovative coloring technology. With simple and modern lines, Toobe diffuses a soft and warm light. It comes equipped with an energy-saving bulb that lasts up to ten times longer and consumes five times less energy than a conventional incandescent bulb.