A great table lamp can have an outsize effect on a room.
Even in a space that has been thoughtfully designed, from the carpets to the curtains, it’s often possible to point to a single element that takes it all to another level. And more often than not, “oddly, it’s the lamp,” said the interior designer Steven Gambrel.
That’s why Mr. Gambrel is always on the hunt for exceptional lamps at flea markets and antiques stores across the United States and Europe. “I love odd shapes and glazes, and I prefer lamps with height,” he said. The large-scale ones he likes, he adds, are frequently ceramic or blown glass.
Occasionally, he turns vintage finds into lamps that he uses in his projects. “Right now, I’m wiring a Japanese bronze vessel,” he said. “Sometimes we use large 19th-century glass bottles — which are great for beach houses — big, mirrored mercury-glass vessels or old apothecary jars.”
But whether a lamp is new, antique or a D.I.Y. creation, what matters is that it’s an interesting shape or color, Mr. Gambrel said: “It really helps give that extra spirit to the decorating.”
Ciro Table Lamp
Egg-shaped ceramic-and-brass lamp by Thomas O’Brien for Visual Comfort
From $669 at Circa Lighting: 877-762-2323 or circalighting.com
Abbott Table Lamp
Rattan woven lamp with linen barrel shade
$398 at Serena & Lily: 866-597-2742 or serenaandlily.com
An Amanda Lamp
Indigo ceramic lamp by Amanda Nisbet on gilt-wood base
$3,955 at Christopher Spitzmiller: 212-563-3030 or christopherspitzmiller.com
Clift Glass Table Lamp
Demijohn-shaped blown-glass lamp
From $179 at Pottery Barn: 888-779-5176 or potterybarn.com
Perforated Table Lamp
Ceramic lamp with white glaze
$495 at Lillian August: 855-576-4144 or lillianaugust.com
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