If my house is burning down (touch wood...) and I could only grab one thing to run with me, it will most definitely be the reading lamp. It's not because it's probably the lightest piece of furniture (if it can be considered one) around the house. It's more like I have an affinity to that good old illuminating device - they never fail to change the mood of a room when lit! Also, I love to read. Give me a book or a magazine, and I'm one happy man. Therefore, a reading lamp is almost a necessity for me.
If, like me, you spend a lot of time on books, you want to ensure that there's sufficient illumination to provide comfort for your eyes, but yet not so much that you feel like you’re going through a dental surgery. Frankly, I had a hard time defining what a 'reading' lamp is. For one, the lighting industry officially identifies only four types of lighting: ambient, decorative, accent, and task. Also, it's a common notion that any lamp that is placed beside the armchair or bed can be considered one.
Granted, I'd want my reading light to be everything. It must be look good while being functional. But you should know as much - it's not easy to find the ONE. However, you know you can always count on us. I've shortlisted here some reading lamps which come close to meeting my (our) criteria.
1. Designed by Mario Barbaglia and Marco Colombo, Dove offers a medium-flood beam, making it an ideal reading light on the table.
2. Passion from Fontana Arte is a modern off center stem table lamp available in three sizes. The brushed nickel (or chrome plated brass frame) and the white satin blown glass diffuser just look superb together, don't they?
3. Cherry Stem cuts a lovely figure with that tall, long base. This 34-inch-tall table lamp, hand-turned on a lathe, comes in both standard and custom woods: cedar, mahogany, poplar, and, of course, cherry.
4. The Mercury lamp features a ceramic base with chrome electroplate finish, giving it a distinctive look of mercury glass. The light is softly diffused by a white cloth shade. Really beautiful...
5. Designed in 1957 by Arne Jacobsen for the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen, the modern classic AJ floor lamp features an asymmetrical shape and tiltable head, allowing direct and angled illumination.
6. I love this. Christophe Pillet's Tripod for Tronconi looks simple but adds to the ambience of the room without announcing itself loudly. It also gives a warm, focused light, making reading a truly enjoyable activity.