Desk Lamp.We consulted a group of people with high aesthetic standards to find the best desk lamps: the architects. Although these days they may spend less time, if any at all, staring at physical designs in favor of CAD work, that doesn’t eliminate the need for a desk lamp. The beloved classic is the LuxoL-1 Task Lamp— the design which inspired the Pixar mascot.
Crafted by Jac Jacobsen in 1937, the design has shed light on generations of architects’ drawing boards. But there are improvements and more creative projects out there, so I asked fourteen architects in six foreign cities to tell us which desk lamps they are using, and why. From a cheap but stable version of Ikea to a vibrant Memphis-style.