Looking for a new table lamp? In this post, I have collected the best 20 Scandinavian design table lamps for the perfect Nordic look in your home. Browse though these classic, minimal and trendy lamps and I am sure you will find something you like.
Let’s dive into the world of lamps:
1 // The Flowerpot table lamp from & Tradition became synonymous with the Flower Power movement from the late 60s, reflecting a break from convention to embrace a more open, modern mentality that promoted peace and harmony. Such was the mindset of its designer, Verner Panton – one of the most forward-thinking talents of his time. The beautiful and timeless Flowerpot series consitsts of several different models, including three pendants and two table lamps – all in a wide range of colours.
Established in 2010, & Tradition is a Danish design company that marries tradition with innovation. Their unique portfolio of furniture and lighting spans designs from the 1930s to the present day and includes interior objects by internationally acclaimed designers.
2 // Designed for apartment no. 50 at Le Corbusier’s ‘Cité Radieuse’ in Marseille, the Menu Phare table lamp’s aesthetic was centred on the idea to become a versatile everyday companion; one that could correspond to the landmark’s style and improve its inhabitant’s daily comfort. This minimalist lamp is made up of a large opal polycarbonate globe held by a plain tubular aluminium structure, a wireless lamp you can easily move where you need it in your home.
Menu‘s philosophy is simple. They want to make the world better, less complicated, a little bit nicer to wake up to. Collaborating with some of the most exciting and driven creative individuals
from the worlds of architecture and design, they produce high quality design with a crisp Scandinavian look. Objects to be treasured now and forever.
3 // The Vuelta table lamp is a new instant classic from Ferm Living which I have fallen in love with! A bold light with a sculptural arc reminiscent of ancient columns, this lamp is made from opal glass with a rippled surface that lends textural appeal to the piece. Designed with an LED light source that emits a soft, diffused light, it also features an adjustable dimmer switch for ultimate ambiance control. Use it as a decorative lamp in a dark corner or on a shelf to light up a collection of books.
Based on a passion for authentic design and clear functionality, ferm LIVING challenge themselves to shape the future and take pride in creating products that help you balance the contrasts of life. From their base in Copenhagen, they work with artisans around the world, fusing our Scandinavian mindset with global skills and traditions.
4 // The iconic Kizu table lamp from New Works designed by Lars Tornøe provides the perfect measure of sculptural form and soft illumination. Available with a black or white marble base, the lamp portrays a bold combination of geometrical shapes. The white acrylic shade provides a smooth, pleasant light with no glare, making the lamp both impressive and calming at the same time. A beautiful and decorative piece in any room you choose.
New Works presents a collection at the intersection between old and new. Light and dark. Design and art. Their work pays homage to the strong Scandinavian history of craftsmanship and materiality, whilst challenging the contemporary forms of today.
5 // The Ambience table lamp by Warm Nordic is a beautiful table lamp was created by the grand master of Danish lighting Svend Aage Holm- Sørensenand has the perfect 1950s design. With its striking shapes and wide, asymmetric shade, the lamp provides a lovely, soft light in any room in the house: decorative in a living room or indispensable on a desk with its soft radiance. The metal shade of the lamp perches elegantly on the base and the stand, which is available either in solid brass or in the same colour as the lamp for a more minimalist, monochromatic style.
Warm Nordic features both a classic collection and a contemporary collection. Together the two collections illuminate the quality of Scandinavian design and its independence from time and generations. Warm Nordic provides design-lovers with a passion for classic Scandinavian interiors with new, high quality choices.
6 // The Ombre table lamp by Northern is a multifaceted design, comprised of a compact base and an adjustable shade. Ask the designer about Ombre’s essentials and he’ll explain that there are only two: shadow and light. The interplay between them starts with the light source, which projects white light upwards from the base directly onto the shade. The lamp is inspired by the shape of a tree leaf, the adjustable shade captures the light in its contours and reflects it onto the surrounding surfaces.
The Northern brand was born in the studios of Northern Lighting. They combine beauty with functionality, and prefer natural materials and genuine craftsmanship. Today, Northern’s creative reach goes beyond their Norwegian heritage to meet the modern need for laid-back luxury and cutting-edge cool.
7 // The legendary AJ lamp in a mini-version: the mini-AJ table lamp from Louis Poulsen will find its place everywhere in your home. The AJ lamp was designed in 1960 by Arne Jacobsen, the famous Danish modernist architect. This lamp was originally created to fit out the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen. A true icon of Scandinavian design with a vintage touch, it combines pure, timeless design with excellent lighting qualities. The diffuser is adjustable and the interior is painted white to make the light softer and more comfortable.
Founded in 1874, Louis Poulsen is a Danish lighting manufacturer born out of the Scandinavian design tradition where form follows function. The function and design of our products are tailored to reflect and support the rhythm of natural light. Every detail in the design has a purpose. Every design starts and ends with light.
8 // Hay’s Turn On table lamp features a pleasant and functional design that consists of a cylinder-shaped base and a simple opal glass sphere. The base also works as an integrated light switch: when rotated clockwise the LED light turns on and brightens further, and when rotated anticlockwise it dims and gradually turns off. Turn On is the perfect choice if you are looking for a minimalistic bedside or a side table lamp.
Inspired by the stable structures of architecture and the dynamics of fashion, HAY combines the values of both industries in durable, quality products that provide added value for the user. HAY’s continued vision is to create straightforward, functional and aesthetic design in cooperation with some of the world’s most talented, curious and courageous designers.
9 // Norwegian designer Magnus Pettersen’s Leimu table lamp for Iittala was inspired by modern architecture, specifically the combination of concrete and glass. Pettersen wanted a beautiful interplay of warm and cold elements in what Pettersen called “industrial luxury.” Designed to resemble a flame, Leimu is a gentle balance between delicate materials and structural form. The entire piece is mouthblown by the experts at the Iittala Glass Factory. Smooth to the touch, the small, handmade Leimu lamp is compact enough to sit on a bedside table or rest on a shelf. Reflects a soft, gentle light. Copper brings a golden glow that warms any interior.
Iittala started as a glass factory in Finland, and today celebrates generations of essential objects that are made to enrich people’s everyday lives. They believe objects should be distinctive, combinable and multi-functional, with lasting design that inspires individual use and expression.
10 // The Teelo 8020 table lamp from Secto Design has a tasteful, modern aesthetic. Designed by Seppo Koho, the lamp is handmade in Finland by skilled craftsmen from PEFC-certified moulded birch. Its wooden composition gives the lamp a “raw” Nordic appearance while emitting a soft and harmonious light. The lamp’s sculptural design is striking, bearing several unique details, such as its specially designed joints.
The founder of Secto Design, Tuula Jusélius and designer Seppo Koho first met in 1995. From the very first time they met they knew they were kindred spirits; they both shared a respect for Northern wood as well as for Scandinavian clear design and professional woodworking. Tuula Jusélius and Seppo Koho started collaborating on innovative wooden furniture. The furniture was a success but there was a puzzle that the customers were left with: no wooden lamps were on the market that would go together with the furniture. Inspired by this the conical Secto 4200 pendant was born and it became the backbone of the whole Secto Design collection of wooden lamps.
11 // The Eddy table lamp from Normann Copenhagen is an art of proportion: an airy shade floats above a weighty, organic base, creating a design in balance and motion. Steel and marble make up the main elements, while golden shimmers of brass put the dot on the ‘i’ on this atmospheric lamp. The lamp consists of a plane steel screen with integrated LED light source that balances on a lamp base made of hand turned Italian marble. The rotation process is emphasized by the proportion between a slim neck and a bulky body, which forms a simultaneously lively and dense silhouette.
Normann Copenhagen is a Danish design company with the mission to create original and innovative products in a simple and contemporary design that withstands the test of time. Or in other words, to challenge conventional thinking and make the ordinary extraordinary through great design.
12 // The Beam table lamp from Muuto is a versatile lamp with a modern expression and intuitive user-friendliness. With light shone from both ends of a cylinder shape, the user can choose between three different volumes of light and gradually alter the volume of light emitted in each end through the turn of a playful dial. The lamp can be altered for any position with its rotating base and sleek body, whether it be as direct lighting or for an ambient glow.
MUUTO is a Scandinavian design company that, together with leading designers, creates original products with new perspectives. The result is an innovative collection of Nordic furniture, lighting and accessories for modern interiors worldwide.
13 // The iconic Gräshoppa table lamp from Gubi was designed in 1947 by Greta M. Grossman and with its sophisticated yet playful design, it is still as relevant today. The distinctive, elongated conical shade is beautifully combined with a tubular brass stand, a great example of Grossman’s whimsical design language, that is both organic and modern. The lamp brings not only a perfect, functional addition to the desk but can also be used as a sophisticated light object in any room.
Gubi is a design company dedicated to celebrating the luxury of living life. Designs that combine the past and the present for the new to evolve. Designs that stimulate the senses, are beautiful yet usable. Gubi is pursuing perfection with passion and courage. Evolution is the essence.
14 // The Night Owl table lamp from Fritz Hansen was born out of a desire to create a uniquely Nordic wash of light; warm, cozy and informal. Distinctive in form and appearance, the base and oval shade merge seamlessly together to form one single unit. Its personality is a unique addition to any space.
Founded in Denmark in 1872, Fritz Hansen is a global leader in furniture, lighting and accessory design and production. Driven by a passion for beauty, quality, and craftsmanship, the company embodies a modern, Nordic lifestyle and collaborates with visionary artists, designers, and architects from around the world.
15 // The Ghost table lamp from Woud is a modern interpretation of antique portable oil lamps. The slim metal rod surrounds the lampshade protectively while the overarching bail functions as a handle for carrying the lamp around. Made of translucent opal glass, the shade gives an illusion of a white cloth thrown over the light source. Resembling the appearance of a friendly ghost in the air. The subtle vertical groove pattern on the surface fades out gradually upwards, emphasizing the lamp’s refined sculptural character.
Woud is a Danish design brand that manufactures furniture, lights and home accessories. Their products are characterized by high quality, innovativeness and simple, yet pleasing design.
16 // Le Klint’s 375S table lamp is based on Esben Klint’s iconic lamp model 107 from 1942. Le Klint’s design team has turned the classic into a table lamp by adding a sturdy oak stand with brass details to the beautifully folded lamp shade. You can choose the delicate shade in paper or plastic – light is filtered through both softly, creating an ambient, soft lighting.
Le Klint is a Danish lighting company established in 1943, but the story of the company dates back to the beginning of the 20th century, when a hand pleated lamp shade was folded to fit a paraffin lamp both designed by architect and master of engineering P.V. Jensen-Klint. Ever since they have maintained the original concept but are constantly seeking to develop within modern times.
17 // The Vinge table lamp from Örsjo Belysning is a trendy and ingenious lamp in a sleek design designed by Note Design Studio. The lamp stands out with its cool dimmer in shape of a wing in solid brass which is rotatable 180 degrees. You can adjust the brightness of the light and therefore it´s perfect both as a table lamp and bedside lamp.
Örsjö Belysning is a company with roots deep in the southeast corner of Småland in southern Sweden, an arena known for its entrepreneurial spirit and strong tradition of design and handicraft. Today, Örsjö stands for timeless lighting fixtures and collaborations with Scandinavia’s leading designers.
18 // The Blossi table lamp from Nuuri is an elegant lamp with mouth-blown opal glass. The colour combination highlights the form of the lamp and emphasises its timeless Scandinavian design. The black surface is made from a unique finish that is highly resistant against dirt and almost velvety in appearance. The Blossi collection has been created by the award-winning lighting designer Sofie Refer. Gorgeous, innovative and yet classic at the same time.
Nuura aims to create aesthetic and exclusive lighting which reflects the riches and joy found in Nordic nature. By combining delicate design with state of the art technology and carefully chosen materials of high quality, they strive to create unique quality lighting that has a positive impact on our wellbeing. Inspired by the Nordic light from our base in Denmark, they wish that our lighting collections will spread life and joy.
19 // Pholc’s Champagne table lamp feature a charming metal shade that designer Monika Mulder drew while the brand’s founder and product developer were visiting her studio. Her aim was to create a small lamp with a contemporary and straightforward design. The Champagne collection complement both classic and modern decors.
The Pholc vision is the creation of lighting where the starting point is classic Scandinavian design sensibilities, blended with contemporary touch points. A melting pot of the unique and the regular; of materials and detailing; where design means quality and aesthetics have longevity and relevance.
20 // The Luceo table lamp from AYTM is made easy for you to carry in any room; indoor or outdoor for the cozy ambiance. The word LUCEO means to shine in Latin. his is a timelesss and sculptural lamp that focus on functionality and beauty. The cool mix of glass and metal gives a playful expression – enhancing the transparancy of the glass and the strength and hardness of the metal.
AYTM designs luxury home interior and small furniture which given the choice of materials and idiom creates timeless designs. AYTM approaches the concept of Nordic design in a sophisticated and elegant way.
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